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Tax Preparers Accused of Using Israeli Bank to Hide Funds

June 14, 2012

Three executives of United Revenue Service Inc., a U.S. tax-preparation business, were charged with helping clients avoid taxes by setting up undeclared accounts at Luxembourg and Switzerland branches of Israeli banks.

David Kalai, the founder and former chief executive officer of United Revenue Service, his son Nadav Kalai, who was the company’s president, and David Almog, the head of the company’s New York branch, were charged with conspiracy in a grand jury indictment filed today in federal court in Los Angeles.

From about April 2000 to March 2011, the three men allegedly advised and assisted clients in setting up undeclared accounts at the branches of two Israeli banks, identified in the indictment as Bank A Luxembourg and Bank B Switzerland- Luxembourg. The three created offshore companies in Belize and elsewhere under whose names the accounts were held, according to the indictment.

Names of lawyers representing the three men weren’t immediately available from court records. David and Nadav Kalai don’t have listed phone numbers and a number for David Almog in New York was disconnected.

The numbers for the United Revenue Service main office in Bethesda, Maryland, and its office in New York were also disconnected.

Sandra Brown, head of the tax division at the U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles, didn’t immediately return a call for comment on the charges.

The case is U.S. v. Almog, 11-00930, U.S. District Court, Central District of California (Los Angeles).

To contact the reporter on this story: Edvard Pettersson in Los Angeles at epettersson@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Hytha at mhytha@bloomberg.net


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