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5th Circ. Restores Producer, Atty Convictions In Tax Case

Law360 (August 10, 2018, 5:07 PM EDT) -- The Fifth Circuit has said that a Louisiana federal judge went too easy on a movie producer and lawyer convicted of attempting to fraudulently obtain tax credits, reinstating convictions on counts the judge had set aside and ruling the judge veered too far off sentencing guidelines by only imposing probation.

The panel ruled Thursday that Peter Hoffman deserved more than five years' probation for his role as the ringleader in a scheme to get extra tax credits by submitting fake invoices and using “circular payments” through fraudulent accounts to trick auditors into thinking he’d made millions worth of extra payments while...

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