Thursday, February 11, 2010

DOJ Tax Budget Request - The Criminal Parts #8 - War on Terrorism

More on the DOJ Tax Budget Request


War on Terrorism

Tax Division attorneys play an important role in the fight against international terrorism. Prosecution of defendants who utilize the tax laws of the United States in order to help fund terrorism, such as through the use of non-governmental entities to fund terrorism, has become an important priority of the Criminal Enforcement Sections. In FY 2008, the Tax Division hired a Senior Litigation Counsel to manage matters associated with counter-terrorism and terrorist-financing and to lead teams of attorneys in investigating, developing, and prosecuting criminal tax cases with a nexus to counterterrorism and terrorism financing.

For example, trial is currently scheduled for summer 2010 in United States v. Islamic American Relief Agency, et al. (W.D. Mo.). The indictment charges the Islamic American Relief Agency, along with five officers, employees, and associates, with illegally transferring funds to Iraq in violation of federal sanctions. The defendants were also charged with stealing government funds and corruptly endeavoring to obstruct the due administration of the Internal Revenue Code by misusing tax-exempt charity status to raise and transfer funds to Iraq in violation of federal sanctions and by attempting to avoid government detection of their illegal activities.

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