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7th Circuit affirms tax convictions of Fort Wayne entrepreneur

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A man whose family spent millions while he pleaded poverty to gain need-based scholarships for his children and failed to report foreign bank accounts lost the federal appeal of his conviction on multiple tax charges Thursday.

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected defense arguments in United States of America v. James Simon, 11-1837, affirming his conviction on charges of filing false income tax returns, failing to file reports of foreign bank accounts, mail fraud and financial aid fraud.

Simon, a Fort Wayne entrepreneur with international business interests that the 7th Circuit said “require a flowchart to unravel,” claimed a family trust based in the Cook Islands, as well as businesses in Gibraltar, Cyprus and Ukraine. The opinion notes that Simon’s wife, Denise, committed suicide days after federal agents searched the couple’s home.

“In his defense, Simon sought to demonstrate that the money he received from various entities was loaned to him and thus was not taxable,” Judge Rovner wrote for the panel, “At worst, he explained, he mischaracterized some of the transactions, but not in a manner that violated any criminal law.”

"Because we have determined that both the (foreign bank account reporting) counts and the false tax return counts will stand, there is no basis to challenge the remaining counts," the court ruled in affirming the convictions.

 

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  1. For many years this young man was "family" being my cousin's son. Then he decided to ignore my existence and that of my daughter who was very hurt by his actions after growing up admiring, Jason. Glad he is doing well, as for his opinion, if you care so much you wouldn't ignore the feelings of those who cared so much about you for years, Jason.

  2. Good riddance to this dangerous activist judge

  3. What is the one thing the Hoosier legal status quo hates more than a whistleblower? A lawyer whistleblower taking on the system man to man. That must never be rewarded, must always, always, always be punished, lest the whole rotten tree be felled.

  4. I want to post this to keep this tread alive and hope more of David's former clients might come forward. In my case, this coward of a man represented me from June 2014 for a couple of months before I fired him. I knew something was wrong when he blatantly lied about what he had advised me in my contentious and unfortunate divorce trial. His impact on the proceedings cast a very long shadow and continues to impact me after a lengthy 19 month divorce. I would join a class action suit.

  5. The dispute in LB Indiana regarding lake front property rights is typical of most beach communities along our Great Lakes. Simply put, communication to non owners when visiting the lakefront would be beneficial. The Great Lakes are designated navigational waters (including shorelines). The high-water mark signifies the area one is able to navigate. This means you can walk, run, skip, etc. along the shores. You can't however loiter, camp, sunbath in front of someones property. Informational signs may be helpful to owners and visitors. Our Great Lakes are a treasure that should be enjoyed by all. PS We should all be concerned that the Long Beach, Indiana community is on septic systems.

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