Two years ago, former billionaire Sam Wyly lost a fraud trial in New York that exposed a web of offshore entities that were used to shelter millions of dollars. After the 2014 verdict, the IRS entered the fray seeking $1.4 billion in back taxes. Penalties and interest accounted for 80 percent of this amount.
Two "Real Housewives of New Jersey" stars were indicted Monday on federal fraud charges. Teresa Giudice, 41, and her husband Guiseppe "Joe" Giudice, 43, have been accused of exaggerating their income while applying for loans before their TV show debuted in 2009, then hiding their improving fortunes in a bankruptcy filing after their first season aired. This is part of a 39-count indictment including charges of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, making false statements on loan applications and bankruptcy fraud.