Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson today in a legal filing accused one of the nation’s largest “debt buyers” of defrauding Minnesota courts and citizens by filing false and deceptive “robo-signed” affidavits—generated at its offices in St. Cloud, Minnesota—to collect on old consumer debts that it purchased from credit card companies and others for about three cents on the dollar. The debt … Read More

I.R.S. Loses Tax Case Against Lay of Enron

The United States Tax Court rejected a bid by the Internal Revenue Service to collect $3.9 million from the estate of the former Enron chief Kenneth L. Lay and his wife. The case was related to transactions among Mr. Lay, his wife, Linda, and Enron that were executed on Sept. 21, 2001. The Lays sold $10 million in annuities to Enron as part of an agreement for him to retake the chief executive … Read More

Thousands Come Clean as IRS Gets $2.7 Billion

The Internal Revenue Service has taken in a total of $2.7 billion from holders of offshore bank accounts, the agency said as it announced that 12,000 taxpayers responded to the second round of a partial amnesty program. IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman said yesterday that the agency’s emphasis on international tax enforcement prompted more people than anticipated to accept penalties and reveal … Read More

Debt collector erroneously garnishes OC lawmaker’s wages

You'd think if you were about to garnish the wages of a state lawmaker you'd do everything you could to ensure you had the right guy. So imagine State Sen. Lou Correa's surprise when he received notice at his State Capitol office last month that his earnings were being seized to pay off a debt owed by man with a different address and social security number. The order delivered to the Office … Read More