No One Likes a Manipulator

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A manipulative person is one who likes to control or have power over another person or thing. You might also refer to a manipulator as scheming, devious or unscrupulous. The Website, SurfKY.com, details the story of a Brooklyn man who manipulated the numbers in his business accounting system to get away with tax evasion.

The story reports that the man was the president and owner of a wholesale distributor of sportswear and tee shirts located in New Jersey. Between 2006 and 2008, the man used his accounting software program to erase cash sales from the general ledger accounts maintained on his computer accounting system. Subsequently, he filed false corporate tax returns that underreported his company’s gross receipts by $1.5 million with the federal government. According to the article, he didn’t just ”cook” the company books, but also his personal income tax returns. (If he got by with it at work, why not try it at home too?)

The former business owner was sentenced to one year and a day in prison for tax evasion. He will also be required to serve three years supervised release.

The fraudster was able to evade punishment for awhile, but as this case proves, criminals usually get what’s coming to them in the end. This criminal’s prison attire will most likely be different from the sportswear he used to sell and wear. Perhaps the warden will give him a choice between the all time fashionable orange jump suit and the two piece outfit with black and white stripes.

Source: Today’s ”Fraud of the Day” is based on an article titled, ”Owner of Sportswear Distribution Business Sentenced for Tax Fraud,” published by SurfKY News on December 8, 2013.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (12/8/13) – Harry Neuhoff, a resident of Brooklyn, N.Y., was sentenced to serve 12 months and one day in prison and three years supervised release for tax evasion, the Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced today.

According to documents filed with the court, Neuhoff was the president and an owner of EVA TEES Inc., a wholesale distributor of sportswear.

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Larry Benson, Senior Director of Strategic Alliances, LexisNexis Risk Solutions - Government

Larry Benson is responsible for developing strategic partnerships and solutions for the government vertical. His expertise focuses on how government programs are defrauded by criminal groups, and the approaches necessary to prevent them from succeeding.

Mr. Benson has 30 years of experience in sales and business development. Before joining LexisNexis® Risk Solutions, he spent 12 years founding and managing two software technology startups. During the 1990s he spent 10 years as a Regional Director helping to grow a New England-based technology company from 300 employees to 7,000. He started his career with Martin Marietta Aerospace working on laser guided weapons and day/night vision systems.

A sought-after speaker and accomplished writer, Mr. Benson is the principal author of “Fraud of the Day,” a website dedicated to educating government officials about how criminals are defrauding government programs. He has co-authored WTF? Where’s the Fraud? How to Unmask and Stop Identity Fraud’s Drain on Our Government, and Data Personified, How Fraud is Changing the Meaning of Identity.

Benson holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Albright College, and earned two graduate degrees – a Master of Business Administration from Florida Institute of Technology, and a Master of Science in Engineering from Lehigh University.