While many federal workers in Massachusetts and elsewhere were furloughed in the beginning of October as a result of the federal government shutdown, many federal law enforcement agents were working to crack an alleged tax fraud scheme centered in South Florida. As a result of the investigation, 45 individuals are facing charges for various tax crimes in 30 different cases.
Former United States representative Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, a former alderman, will be heading to prison after admitting to being involved in misusing campaign funds. In February, the pair pleaded guilty to several tax crimes. If a Massachusetts citizen is found guilty of a federal tax crime, they could also be the recipient of a prison sentence.
A married couple has been charged with tax fraud, and, if convicted, may face prison time. The husband and wife were tax preparers who allegedly falsified their clients' tax returns in order to get more clients and increase their income. Massachusetts residents should take note of this case because even though the couple was conducting their business in New Jersey, such tax crimes could happen anywhere.