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DOJ Still Prosecuting Tax Cheats in U.S. and Abroad

Susanne D. Rüegg Meier, a citizen and resident of Switzerland, pleaded guilty on July 19, 2017, to conspiring with U.S. taxpayers and other Swiss bankers to defraud the United States as the head of a team of bankers for Credit Suisse AG between 2002 and 2011. She was responsible for the accounts of over 1,000 clients and handled approximately $400 million in assets. Her conduct led to an estimated U.S. tax loss of between $3.5 and $9.5 million. Sentencing in this case is scheduled for early September 2017; Rüegg Meier faces a maximum of five years in prison, a period of supervised release, and restitution penalties.

In November 2014, Credit Suisse was sentenced to pay more than $2 billion in fines and restitution for conspiring to aid and assist taxpayers in filing false returns. The Department of Justice Tax Division is continuing to prosecute tax cheats, both in the U.S. and abroad. If you need assistance coming into compliance with your offshore accounts, contact one of our attorneys today.

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