A North Carolina businessman, who provided financial services to professional athletes, pleaded guilty today to wire fraud and filing a false 2011 income tax return, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Caroline D. Ciraolo, head of the Justice Department’s Tax Division, and U.S. Attorney Ripley Rand for the Middle District of North Carolina. 
The Justice Department announced today that it has filed a lawsuit against the owners, builder and designer of the Ashlynn Estates in Ellensburg, Washington, alleging that the property was designed and constructed without complying with the Fair Housing Act’s (FHA) accessibility requirements. Situated near Central Washington University, each of the three buildings on the property have nine individually keyed units with their own bathroom and desk as well as a shared living space, a communal kitchen and two communal laundry rooms.
The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, with assistance from the FBI, have concluded a comprehensive investigation into the death last year of Mikhail Lesin, 57, a Russian political figure, media executive and adviser to Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia.  As a result of the almost year-long investigation, the Chief Medical Examiner of the District of Columbia has amended Lesin’s manner of death from “undetermined” to “accident” with acute ethanol intoxication as a contributory cause of death.  The investigation has now been closed.
An Austin, Texas businessman was sentenced today to 72 months in prison following his conviction on filing false tax returns and corruptly endeavoring to impede the due administration of the internal revenue laws, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Caroline D. Ciraolo, head of the Justice Department’s Tax Division.
A federal court in Columbia, South Carolina, has permanently barred a Liberty Tax Service franchise owner from preparing federal tax returns for others, the Justice Department announced today.  The civil injunction order prohibits Christopher Paul Haynes from acting as a federal tax return preparer and from supervising, managing or employing federal tax return preparers.  In addition, Haynes must provide the government with a list of all customers for whom Haynes or his business prepared a tax return for any tax year from 2010 to present.  Haynes agreed to the civil injunction order entered against him.

            

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