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IRS Counts Down the Top 10 Financial Crime Cases of 2021

Offenses include tax evasion, Ponzi schemes, COVID fraud, cyber crimes and more.

Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), the criminal investigative arm of the IRS, responsible for conducting financial crime investigations, including tax fraud, narcotics trafficking, money laundering, public corruption, health care fraud, identity theft and more, began counting down the top 10 cases for calendar year 2021 on its Twitter account on Jan. 3. These cases include the agency's most prominent and high-profile investigations of 2021.

"The investigative work of 2021 has all the makings of a made for TV movie – embezzlement of funds from a nonprofit, a family fraud ring that stole millions in COVID-relief funds and a $1 billion Ponzi scheme used to buy sports teams and luxury vehicles. But this is real life and I'm grateful to our IRS-CI agents for pursuing these leads and ensuring that the perpetrators were prosecuted for their crimes," said IRS-CI Chief Jim Lee.

The top 10 IRS cases of 2021 include:

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