Justice Triumphs

The United States has sued Steven M. Doletzky, Michael A. Garno, Michael A. Bass, and Florida corporations they used to operate Liberty Tax Service stores in the St. Petersburg, Florida area.  The complaint seeks to permanently bar Doletzky, Garno, and Bass from preparing federal tax returns for others.  In addition, the complaint seeks orders from the federal court requiring all defendants to disgorge to the United States any ill-gotten fees Doletzky, Bass, and Garno charged customers for the preparation of false or fraudulent federal tax returns, the Justice Department announced today.

Two former executives at a Virginia-based software company pleaded guilty today to conspiring to defraud the government by failing to pay over employment taxes to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and Acting U.S. Attorney Tracy Doherty-McCormick for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Indianapolis, Indiana - An Indianapolis, Indiana immigration attorney was sentenced Friday to 75 months in prison for defrauding the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and more than 250 of his clients by filing fraudulent visa applications and reaping approximately $750,000 in illegitimate fees.  Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and Special Agent in Charge James M. Gibbons of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) in Chicago made the announcement.

A federal jury in Central Islip, New York, returned a guilty verdict Monday against Fernando Clarke, an investigator with the New York City Department of Correction, on child pornography trafficking offenses.

Washington, DC - The Justice Department announced that William Curtis Howell, 61, a former supervisory deputy jailer at the Kentucky River Regional Jail (KRRJ) in Perry County, Kentucky, has been sentenced to 120 months in federal prison related to his role in violently assaulting a pre-trial detainee and willfully failing to provide necessary medical attention that led to his death. Acting Assistant Attorney General John Gore of the Civil Rights Division, U.S. Attorney Robert M. Duncan Jr. for the Eastern District of Kentucky, and Special Agent in Charge Amy Hess for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, made the announcement.