How can one detect assets one is unaware of? Sometimes by putting tipsters to work and collecting their tips. These tips may be gathered in a variety of ways. “An Asset Search, Tax Fraud & Divorce” describes a private investigation in which a prospective tipster was interviewed by “Brian”, an ex-IRS Special Agent and former high-ranking official at FinCEN.
Brian conducted the interview on behalf of a divorcing wife trying to locate marital assets hidden by her divorcing husband. “Warsaw Prosecutors Eye Possible Money Laundering At 50 Platowcowa Street” mentions a tip supplied by an anonymous letter. This tip letter caused Polish prosecutors to launch a money laundering investigation and search for assets connected to a suspected shell company in Delaware.
Meanwhile, the whistleblower programs at the U.S. Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission, (“the Commission”), also collect tips. The two programs respectively sniff out tips about assets hidden in tax or securities frauds. The article “What Happens To An SEC Whistleblower Tip?” available below, gives an insider’s view of the Commission’s whistleblower program. One of the article’s authors is Jordan A. Thomas, a former assistant director in the Commission’s Enforcement Division. Mr. Thomas had a leadership role in developing the Commission’s whistleblower program and he is now a partner and chair of the Whistleblower Representation Practice at Labaton Sucharow LLP.