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IRS’s Forensic Analysis
IRS Commissioner Mark W. Everson said that the role of the IRS in the HealthSouth matter was to trace the flow of money. “IRS agents in this case used the same comprehensive financial analysis that we use in criminal tax investigations to document million of dollars in transactions through dozens of financial institutions, including banks and brokerage firms,” Everson said.
“The IRS will use its financial expertise to help the government hold accountable those executives who engage in fraud,” Everson said. “Our investigation supports the money-laundering charges as well as the forfeiture counts against Mr. Scrushy involving a staggering sum of money – over a quarter of a billion dollars – which he accumulated during a seven-year period,”
“This money went to support a lavish lifestyle, one few Americans could possibly imagine,” the Commissioner continued. “With his ill-gotten gains, Mr. Scrushy purchased multiple estates, racing and leisure boats, fine art by such artists as Picasso, Miro, and Renoir, cars including a Lamborghini and a Rolls-Royce, and extravagant jewelry, such as a 22-carat diamond ring.”
Source: Amy Hamilton, “Everson Publicizes Criminal Charges Against HealthSouth CEO,” Tax Notes, November 10, 2003, p. 671.