Washington, DC - The United States filed a civil complaint seeking to permanently bar Michael L. Meyer, of Southwest Ranches, Florida, from providing federal tax advice for compensation because Meyer allegedly promotes, organizes, and executes a national charitable giving tax scheme that has cost the United States Treasury more than $35 million.  The complaint alleges that Meyer executes his scheme through three bogus charities that he controls.  The United States also seeks to disgorge the fees that Meyer received from the scheme.

Dallas, Texas - Gao Mei Fang (a.k.a. Amy Gao), of Shanghai, China, pleaded guilty in Dallas to mail fraud and smuggling charges in connection with a scheme to sell mislabeled dietary supplements, the Department of Justice announced today.

Washington, DC - Your privacy page and privacy notices are statements or legal documents that describe how you gather, use, disclose and manage your customers’ data. These encompass the notification portion of your privacy policy. And with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into effect on May 25, your privacy policy is about to become more important than ever.

Atlanta, Georgia - Today in Atlanta, James Walsh, the Senior Bureau Official for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), will lead a global panel discussion on the international opioid crisis at the National Prescription Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit (Rx Summit). Walsh will deliver opening remarks and moderate a panel discussion, which will feature participants from Mexico, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Washington, DC - The United States is grateful to the Czech Republic for the extradition of Yevgeniy Aleksandrovich Nikulin, who allegedly hacked computers belonging to LinkedIn, Dropbox, and Formspring. Nikulin, a Russian citizen, was arrested by Czech law enforcement and has been in Czech custody since October 2016.

Washington, DC - The Federal Trade Commission and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) are teaming up to make it easier for consumers to report tax-related identity theft and to receive assistance to help recover.