Tax Attorney Indicted for Facilitating Tax Fraud

A federal grand jury in San Francisco returned an indictment today charging a Houston-based tax attorney of conspiring with the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of a private equity firm to defraud the IRS. The grand jury further charged him with three counts of aiding and assisting in the preparation of the CEO’s false tax returns for the 2012 to 2014 tax years.

Former Chief Executive Officer of Publicly Traded Petrochemical Company Pleads Guilty to Foreign Bribery and Securities Law Violations

A Brazilian national who previously served as a chief executive officer (CEO) of Braskem S.A. (Braskem), a publicly traded Brazilian petrochemical company, pleaded guilty today to conspiring to divert hundreds of millions of dollars from Braskem into a secret slush fund and to pay bribes to government officials, political parties, and others in Brazil to obtain and retain business.

Readout of Attorney General Merrick B. Garland’s Call with the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Attorney General Merrick B. Garland spoke yesterday with David Lametti, the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. In their inaugural conversation, the Attorneys General discussed a number of transborder law enforcement issues, including cybercrime, as well as violence against women, minorities, Indigenous peoples and other historically disadvantaged persons.

Two Charged in High-Risk International Financial Scheme

An indictment was unsealed today in the Eastern District of New York charging two defendants with failing to maintain anti-money laundering controls, failing to file suspicious activity reports, and operating an unlicensed money transmitting business.