Some lawyers are irked by attorney’s fake bar associations–ABA Journal

BY DEBRA CASSENS WEISS

A Louisville lawyer is creating some bar associations on paper that have no actual members.

One of entities created by personal injury lawyer Richard Breen is the Shelby County Bar Association, though it’s not actually in Shelby County, the Louisville Courier Journal reports.

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Tax Reform | Internal Revenue Service

 

Tax Reform Resources for Tax Professionals

To help the tax community understand the recent Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), the IRS has created a landing page on IRS.govhighlighting provisions of the new law. The page includes a “one-stop” listing of legal guidance, news releases and frequently asked questions related to the TCJA. The page will be frequently updated.

Also be sure to visit Basic Tools for Tax Professionals for information on your responsibilities as a tax pro, tools to file returns for your clients and more.

Second Circuit Upholds NYPD Restrictions on Licensed Guns | New York Law Journal

By Colby Hamilton

Licensed gun owners in New York City do not face (full text) an undue Second Amendment burden imposed by regulations that ban traveling with a gun to firing ranges and homes outside of the city, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled Friday.

The panel of Circuit Judges Rosemary Pooler, Gerard Lynch and Susan Carney affirmed the previous order granting summary judgment in favor of the New York City Police Department issued by U.S. District Judge Robert Sweet of the Southern District of New York.

State law requires firearm owners to obtain locally issued firearm licenses. In New York City, the police department issues those licenses, which come with restrictions. Absent a special carry license, individuals are not allowed to transport their weapons out of the gun range where they’re registered to practice.

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New York Slavery Records Index – Records of Enslaved Persons and Slave Holders in New York from 1525 though the Civil War

From John Jay College of Criminal Justice:

The New York Slavery Records Index is a searchable compilation of records that identify individual enslaved persons and their owners, beginning as early as 1525 and ending during the Civil War.

Our data come from census records, slave trade transactions, cemetery records, birth certifications, manumissions, ship inventories, newspaper accounts, private narratives, legal documents and many other sources. The index contains over 35,000 records and will continue to grow as our team of John Jay College professors and students locates and assembles data from additional sources.

Our goal is to deepen the understanding of slavery in New York by bringing together information that until now has been largely disconnected and difficult to access. This allows for searches that combine records from all indexed sources based on parameters such as the name of an owner, a place name, and date ranges.

To access the index or to learn more about its construction, use the navigation bar above:

  • SEARCH is the portal for inputting parameters to access particular records.
  • Search Instructions provides tips on how to get started.
  • Sources lists the types of records included in the index; bibliographic references; and all the database fields used to construct the index.
  • Project Team describes the faculty and students responsible for assembling and organizing the index.
  • Comments provides access to a survey for users to offer suggestions, identify additional records and collections of records to be indexed, and also to identify errors that we would correct.
 

Former Skadden Associate Charged in Mueller Probe | New York Law Journal

By Cogan Schneier

Special counsel Robert Mueller has charged Alex van der Zwaan, a former Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom associate and son-in-law of the Russian oligarch German Khan, of lying to investigators, according to a court filing.

Van der Zwaan faces charges of making false statements last November, according to a document filed in court last week and made public Tuesday. Van der Zwaan is expected to plead guilty in federal court in Washington, D.C., Tuesday afternoon. A Skadden spokeswoman said in an email that the firm fired van der Zwaan in 2017 and has been cooperating with authorities in connection with the matter.

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Special counsel Mueller indicts 13 Russians for election interference – The Washington Post

The Justice Department’s special counsel announced a sweeping indictment Friday of a notorious Russian group of Internet trolls — charging 13 individuals and three companies with a long-running scheme to criminally interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

The Internet Research Agency, based in St. Petersburg, was named in the indictment as the hub of an ambitious effort to trick Americans online into following and promoting Russian-fed propaganda that pushed 2016 voters toward then-Republican candidate Donald Trump and away from Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

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Full text of the indictment…

Scam Alert: IRS Urges Taxpayers to Watch Out for Erroneous Refunds; Beware of Fake Calls to Return Money to a Collection Agency | Internal Revenue Service

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today warned taxpayers of a quickly growing scam involving erroneous tax refunds being deposited into their bank accounts. The IRS also offered a step-by-step explanation for how to return the funds and avoid being scammed.

Following up on a Security Summit alert issued Feb. 2, the IRS issued this additional warning about the new scheme after discovering more tax practitioners’ computer files have been breached. In addition, the number of potential taxpayer victims jumped from a few hundred to several thousand in just days. The IRS Criminal Investigation division continues its investigation into the scope and breadth of this scheme.

These criminals have a new twist on an old scam. After stealing client data from tax professionals and filing fraudulent tax returns, these criminals use the taxpayers’ real bank accounts for the deposit.

Thieves are then using various tactics to reclaim the refund from the taxpayers, and their versions of the scam may continue to evolve.

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