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Brian H. Mahany

Milwaukee Consumer Protection Attorney.

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  1. I need an attorney that is an expert on cyber crime here in Miami. Emergency! Thank you.

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Brian H. Mahany
    2. Daniel Tam
    2 lawyer answers

    Your question does not indicate whether you went along with their requests to delete information. If you did assist them, you may be an accomplice to their crime. Most federal law enforcement agencies do not prosecute people who come forward to report a crime if that person was coerced and had a minor role in the crime. It's best, however, to consult with a criminal defense attorney and have her or him assist you in making things right. Doing nothing may not be an option, especially if your...

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  2. If my exboyfriend has frauded the IRS of about $125,000 for past 5 years on his taxes. Will he do jail time or just have to pay

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Daniel Lee O'Neil
    2. Christopher Michael Larson
    3. Brian H. Mahany
    3 lawyer answers

    There are many variables at play and often there is no rhyme or reason as to what cases are criminally prosecuted and which cases result in civil audits only. You may wish to contact the IRS and file a whistleblower complaint. You can generally remain anonymous and claim an award if the IRS uses your information and recovers delinquent taxes from him. The amount of the award depends on how much money is recovered and if your ex meets certain income requirements. More info is available from...

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  3. What kind of lawyer I need to sue H&R Block?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Gregory Herman-Giddens
    2. Jonathan Paul Decatorsmith
    3. Christopher Michael Larson
    4. Brian H. Mahany
    4 lawyer answers

    By now, you have seen the bad news. Preparers make mistakes (just like lawyers). Unfortunately, it will be difficult to get H&R Block to pay anything more than the interest and penalties. Had they prepared your return correctly, you would have had to pay the tax. I realize that the $1,200 you didn't have to pay is probably gone, but you owe it and would have owed it had the return been prepared correctly. Save your money and don't spend it on a lawyer. Perhaps you can get H&R Block to...

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  4. What if I report a company for tax, unemployment, and DOT fraud and they disrupt my life in retaliation?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Dana Whitney Atchley
    2. Brian H. Mahany
    2 lawyer answers

    Many states and the federal government have protections for whistleblowers. As a practical matter, however, you could still lose your job and it might take a year or more to get any assistance from the courts. Some laws, like the IRS Whistleblower program, can actually pay you an award for coming forward with information that leads to taxes being recovered. The IRS can protect your identity in most (not all) cases too. Most lawyers that handle IRS whistleblower cases do so on a contingency...

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  5. Being investigated for irs fraud, but im a liscened tax prepared, my funds of over $9,000 are froze. Can i get money back?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Pamela Koslyn
    2. Bruce Givner
    3. Peyton Hunley Robinson
    4. Christopher Michael Larson
    5. Brian H. Mahany
    5 lawyer answers

    The IRS is quick to seize money and slow to release it. If the loss of $9,000 isn't bad enough, the IRS can also bring a Director of Practice action and potentially prevent you from preparing returns. There is a lot going on here and not enough information to really help you unravel this mess. Be aware, however, that the IRS has been scrutinizing rapid refund schemes. (I am not saying yours is a "scheme" but the IRS is aggressive in this area. You really need to find a good local tax...

  6. My ex-boyfriend, Harold McBride; stole my inheritance, my house and obtained credit in my name. Can I sue him?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Guy Henry Haskell
    2. John S. Fason
    3. Mitchell Scott Sexner
    4. Brian H. Mahany
    4 lawyer answers

    The advice in the other answers is quite sound. First step, file a police report. Even if the police take no action, you will need the police report to get the bank to unravel any complications with your bank accounts. Generally, banks will restore money taken from your account in cases of identity theft IF it was promptly reported to them. In other words, don't delay. If your ex-boyfriend has opened bank accounts or charge cards or incurred debt in your name you will also wish to notify...