Law Offices of Justin Thornton
Justin Thornton  
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One Thomas Circle, NW    Suite 1100    Washington, DC  20005
One Thomas Circle, NW    Suite 1100
Washington, DC  20005
 

Representative Clients

TAX FRAUD

  • Multi-national businessman and international consultant under federal grand jury investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia concerning allegations of income tax evasion, filing false tax returns, and failure to report foreign financial accounts. Prosecution declined.
  • Numerous U.S. citizens with unreported income from undisclosed, offshore bank accounts. Amended tax returns and related forms filed pursuant to various IRS compliance initiatives, including voluntary disclosure program. Civil settlements agreed to in lieu of any criminal prosecution.
  • CPA and former partner with a major accounting firm designated as a subject of a federal grand jury investigation in New York concerning the promotion of allegedly illegal tax shelters. Prosecution not initiated.
  • Principal officer of one of the world's largest non-profit organizations under federal grand jury investigation for misappropriation of funds, tax fraud and obstruction of justice. Prosecution declined.
  • South Carolina businessman under nationwide IRS and Department of Justice investigation of tax shelters in U.S. Virgin Islands. Plea bargain to misdemeanor charge of failure to file income tax returns resulting in probationary sentence.
  • Prominent North Carolina attorney who was the target of an Atlanta federal grand jury investigation of fraudulent offshore tax shelter. Prosecution declined.
  • Restaurateur with businesses in southern U.S. & Mexico under lengthy IRS criminal investigation, followed by federal grand jury investigation, for multiple allegations of tax fraud. Prosecution declined.
  • Key witness subpoenaed in the grand jury investigation and trial of the former President of the United Way of America. Client was granted immunity from prosecution.
  • CPA who was the target of an IRS undercover investigation of an allegedly fraudulent tax shelter scheme and of conspiracy to prepare false tax returns. Prosecution declined.
  • Majority-shareholder of a New Jersey corporation under IRS criminal investigation for personal and corporate income tax evasion. Prosecution declined.
  • President of a New York City service company, and a president of a North Carolina industrial manufacturer, both charged with tax evasion. Plea bargains resulted in probation in both cases.
  • A Maryland health care consultant, a North Carolina physician, a Florida CPA, a Northern Virginia businessman and a Washington, DC minister & community leader, each of whom failed to file tax returns for multiple years. Physician and CPA received probation following plea bargain; healthcare consultant received minimal term of community confinement and home detention following plea bargain; prosecution was declined in the other cases.
  • Maryland restaurateur under IRS criminal investigation for alleged tax evasion. Prosecution declined.
  • Targets, subjects and witnesses in ongoing and expansive federal grand jury and IRS administrative criminal investigations in various federal judicial districts throughout the United States.
BUSINESS CRIMES & INVESTIGATIONS

  • CPA and partner with a national accounting firm prosecuted in the District of Columbia for aiding and abetting a conspiracy to make false statements and to defraud the U.S. Department of Labor. Plea bargain resulted in probationary sentence following downward departure under federal sentencing guidelines.
  • Maryland physician investigated by U.S. Department of Justice for alleged antitrust and health care violations. Civil settlement in lieu of criminal prosecution.
  • Health care company CEO under criminal investigation for alleged obstruction of justice, health care fraud, and antitrust violations. Prosecution declined.
  • French corporate officer of a major helicopter manufacturer, under criminal investigation by the FBI and Department of Defense for allegations of submitting false and fraudulent certifications to the federal government. Criminal prosecution not pursued.
  • North Carolina businessman charged with conspiracy and failure to report the international transportation of monetary instruments. Plea bargained from felony to misdemeanor with no fine or incarceration imposed.
  • District of Columbia mental health center under criminal investigation for alleged Medicaid fraud. No charges filed.
  • North Carolina businessman committing securities fraud and embezzlement by defrauding investors of several million dollars. Plea bargain resulted in substantially reduced sentence.
  • Northern Virginia corporation and president indicted under the 1986 Immigration Reform Act for bringing in, harboring and employing illegal aliens. Plea bargain resulted in probation.
  • District of Columbia bank teller charged with felony theft. Plea bargain to misdemeanor resulted in probation.
  • International banking promoter under investigation by the FBI, SEC & Canadian authorities for alleged violations of securities and mail fraud statutes.
  • District of Columbia businessman subpoenaed as witness in bank fraud investigation. Granted immunity.
  • North Carolina businessman investigated by U.S. Postal Service for pyramid mail scheme. Civil settlement.
  • District of Columbia attorney indicted for conspiracy to commit wire fraud in furtherance of mortgage loan scam against three financial institutions. Plea bargain resulted in reduced sentence.
  • Key witness in multi-million dollar international SEC investigation of insider trading.
  • Northern Virginia corporation under criminal investigation by EPA for government contract fraud.
  • Former HUD official subpoenaed by Office of Independent Counsel as witness in the investigation of alleged improprieties at HUD.
  • Several Washington area accounting firms subpoenaed as witnesses in Iran-Contra and Pentagon procurement fraud investigations.
  • Arkansas state law enforcement official subpoenaed by the Office of Independent Counsel in its investigation of Whitewater Development Corporation and Madison Guaranty Savings & Loan.
  • Targets, subjects and witnesses in numerous federal grand jury investigations in various federal judicial districts throughout the United States.

OTHER MATTERS


  • Former Department of Justice official interviewed by the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York during the investigation into the pardon of fugitive financier Marc Rich.
  • Key witness in the Clarence Thomas/Anita Hill hearings before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.
  • Resident of southern Virginia indicted on arson charges. Jury trial resulted in complete acquittal.
  • Northern Virginia businessman mistakenly identified as armed robber. No charges initiated.
  • Former IRS and FBI officials engaged in employment disputes with their agencies. Civil settlements.


Areas of Practice

  • White Collar Crime with emphasis on Tax Fraud and Business Crimes

Areas of Practice

  • White Collar Crime with emphasis on Tax Fraud and Business Crimes

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