Last November, we told you about marijuana raids conducted at multiple cannabis businesses, including VIP Wellness, by law enforcers from the DEA, IRS and Denver Police Department. This morning, Hector Diaz, a 49-year-old from Colombia, is due in court to be formally advised of the charges against ... More >>
We love it when folks comment on older posts -- especially when their takes are timely. A case in point: A March 2012 item in which Patricia Calhoun deemed state Senator Tim Neville the Schmuck of the Week for likening the Obama administration to Nazis. One reader thinks this comparison suddenly mak ... More >>
Yesterday, we posted about claims by Focus on the Family founder James Dobson that the IRS had discriminated against one of his other operations for political reasons. This alleged mistreatment put Dobson back in the public eye, and his reappearance took one of our readers by surprise.
Yesterday in this space, we noted that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder may not have time to weigh in on Colorado marijuana laws because of two mushrooming scandals -- one of them involving reports that the Internal Revenue Service placed extra scrutiny on Tea Party groups seeking nonprofit status. ... More >>
At DenverBroncos.com, Andrew Mason analyzes what former Heisman Trophy winner turned Green Bay Packer Charles Woodson could bring to the Broncos. Colorado Pols on the meeting of GOP legislators and the father of an Aurora theater shooting victim. Colorado Peak Politics on a local tie to the IRS' a ... More >>
Update: We've been following a series of surprising incidents involving Gunsmoke Guns, a Wheat Ridge store that served as the setting of American Guns, a reality TV series that was recently canceled by the Discovery Channel; see our previous coverage below. First, there was a robbery. Then, there w ... More >>
Update below: Wednesday, Colorado Ethics Watch requested an IRS investigation into the nonprofit status of Open Government Institute of Colorado based on a video featuring OGI's executive director, Jessica Peck. The claim: OGI was working to benefit Congressman Mike Coffman, who's running for reelec ... More >>
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Today is the deadline for filing taxes with the Internal Revenue Service. In hopes of easing the pain, a couple of local eateries -- one high-end, one decidedly low -- are offering Tax Day deals. Just remember to hold onto the receipts!
See Also: • Tax Evasion: How to live like a rock star -- and pay taxes like one, too. As the saying goes: There are only two things that are certain and unavoidable in this life -- death and taxes. And while both might be causing folks to lose sleep these days (you didn't forget tax time is upon ... More >>
Update: A just-released indictment related to Operation Sweet Leaf, in which 25 metro-area marijuana grows were raided, names 22-year-old Jordan Buehrer as the alleged ringleader of the scheme -- although Buehrer's LinkedIn profile suggests another name. The bare-bones page lists him as the owner o ... More >>
FlickrThe Greeley Police Department recently shared this report from late last month: "Police responded to the 2100 block of 35th Avenue Court after a woman complained that someone stole the remote control for her television cable box. The officer helped the woman find her remote." That was ... More >>
Let the guessing games begin! "The Most Awkward Meeting" in today's Wall Street Journal outlines how elevator technology in certain high-rises has changed business etiquette, almost eliminating the "elevator pitch," as execs are dispatched to their own cars -- and, in one Denver building, kee ... More >>
Daily CameraLast October, Opas Sinprasong -- a Thai national who once owned Siamese Plate, Siamese Plate on the Go and Sumida's in Boulder and Louisville -- pleaded guilty to harboring illegal aliens and failure to pay taxes. Yesterday he was sentenced: The restaurateur will do time, pay a h ... More >>
This week's cover story, "The Devil's Playground," recounts the ordeal of Scott Howard, a Colorado inmate extorted and sexually assaulted by the 211 Crew prison gang. But it's also about Howard's history of obtaining bogus tax refunds while behind bars, a talent the gang was eager to exploit. ... More >>
The IRS loves leaning on rich people for tax evasion. Case in point, reports have surfaced that Lil' Jon (whose house was just foreclosed on in August) is on the hook for $638,000. It's certainly not easy to do taxes if you're a musician -- or any type of entertainer for that matter -- which ... More >>
Large photos below.This week, Brenda Stewart was indicted on charges related to tax evasion, racketeering, money laundering and more in relation to Denver Players/Sugar, a notorious escort business. A former escort known to her staff as "Katrina Carter" or simply "Carter," Stewart potentiall ... More >>
NaRaYa has replaced Siamese Plate on the GoI was at Lotus of Siam, one of Lori Midson's favorite restaurants in the world (and she's right -- too bad it's in Las Vegas), eating and catching up on my Westword reading, when I found this report by Michael Roberts on a Thai restaurant group much ... More >>
Daily CameraOpas Sinprasong.When it came to taking advantage of his employees, Opas Sinprasong, who owned several Boulder-area Siamese Plate restaurants, appears to have been an expert. Sinprasong pleaded guilty to harboring illegal aliens and failing to pay taxes -- offenses likely to result ... More >>
A former Denver Sugar girl.The really wild ride of Scottie Ewing, former ski pro turned porn purveyor and swinging entrepreneur, took another turn yesterday, when he pleaded guilty to one count of tax evasion in connection with the sale of the Denver Sugar/Denver Players prostitution business ... More >>
One gutsy Colorado Springs man is facing hard time after he filed a fraudulent lien against the home of an IRS agent in retaliation for a lien the IRS placed on his home. Ronald Roy Hoodenpyle, come on down!
A Flickr photoForty-eight hours is about all you've got left...April 15 -- the deadline for filing income-tax returns -- is just two days away. And in case your stress over that fact isn't already overwhelming, the U.S. Attorney's Office has a message: "It is important to file complete and ac ... More >>
Hey, honey, apparently we owe the federal government half a million dollars. On April Fools' day, folks are a little less inclined to believe the bizarre. Your consummate bachelor friend probably isn't announcing his marriage over Facebook, and Canada most likely didn't apologize for Nickelba ... More >>
Doesn't money smell better when you stole it from the federal government?Thomas Quintin, 63, a Denver man with a long history of felony tax fraud, is facing new scrutiny after he walked away from his sentence at a half-way house and allegedly started a scheme investigators traced to caches to ... More >>
"Shmuck" is too kind a term for the type of bogus charity collectors who tend to crop up after disasters of the size and scope of the one currently rolling out in grisly slow motion across Haiti, a country that was hardly in the best shape even before an earthquake struck earlier this week. So is " ... More >>
Bet End of Empires would love to get their hands on the culprits.If karma truly is a boomerang, then may the thieving, unscrupulous jerkoffs who stole a truckload of gear belonging to End of Empires get audited by the IRS -- or at least, like, I don't know, come down with a nasty case of swine fl ... More >>
As you've probably heard, the mean ol' IRS shut down the Anti-Gym earlier this month, forcing hundreds of self-hating exercise masochists out into the "fatty lazy" world. But while many media outlets have taken great joy in chipping away at the colossal ego known as Michael "No Chubbies" Karolchyk, ... More >>
Yesterday's New York Times switched the national spotlight onto a fascinating story based in Greeley. "Paying Taxes, and Fearing Deportation" focuses on Amalia's Translation and Tax Services, a business that has prepared tax returns for a mostly Hispanic clientele since the '90s. Last October, the W ... More >>
Having your Social Security number stolen makes for a taxing situation.
Elliot Spitzer’s career is exploding in New York. But even before it was revealed the soon-to-be-former governor had repeatedly utilized the services of a super-duper high-priced escort service – prostitutes with Emperors Club VIP reportedly charge as much as $5,500 per hour – Colorado has bee ... More >>
“Juvel” is out of a job since Denver Sugar closed shop. A major law enforcement investigation into Denver’s top escort agency has sent a chill through the local sex-for-hire industry – and the wealthy clientele who finance it. Rumors of distress in the escort underground floated by Westwo ... More >>
How to live like a rock star -- and pay taxes like one, too.
Taxes are due April 17 — oh, shit — better holla at your accountant. Better yet, holla at 401cakes and Samuel L. Taxin'. Because instead of crunching numbers, these MCs with the Mile-High TrikeSteady Crew are bustin' rhymes for some FAT refunds! It would take the average worker some re ... More >>
From the week of 3/1/2007
Illegal immigrants are using stolen identities to work. But whose are they?
Elevators, Frappuccinos, and things that go bump in the night.
Bill Daniels made a fortune bringing cable to the West. But would he agree with how his legacy is being spent?
IRS Tax Preparation Workshops
From the week of July 6
With the right defendant pulling the strings, Colorado's domestic-violence system can be tied into knots. A victim's story.
A gospel album on a Denver record label is the latest step in the rehabilitation of Willie Nelson's career.
A CASH-FLUSH CITY AGENCY MEASURES SUCCESS--AND CONTROVERSY--ONE INVESTMENT AT A TIME.