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Surviving a tax audit

Tracy L. Coenen With tax time upon us, it seems fitting to discuss tax audits. Whether you are being audited personally or as a business owner, it can be an intimidating process. There is a right way and a wrong ...

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Things I’ve learned about fraud

Tracy L. Coenen For almost 12 years, I’ve been performing a variety of investigations. They have ranged from petty theft and street crimes, to tax fraud and big-time white collar crime. I’ve learned many things from both the perpetrators of ...

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Why didn’t our auditors find the fraud?

Tracy L. Coenen Companies and organizations that are hit with employee fraud, including embezzlement, asset misappropriation, and financial statement manipulation are often surprised that the incident occurred. Even more surprising to executives and boards of directors is the fact that ...

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Fraud Prevention 101

Tracy L. Coenen Fraud is an industry unto itself, causing annual losses to United States companies totaling at least $660 billion. While it’s easy to focus on the big losses incurred by the likes of Enron, Tyco, and WorldCom, no ...

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A thief among us: Lessons from Bielinski Bros.

Tracy L. Coenen During the summer of 2004, a major shakeup was occurring at the Milwaukee-area home building firm of Bielinski Brothers, Inc. Their chief financial officer, Robert Brownell, was fired along with several trusted employees, amid allegations that a ...

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A moving case against removal law

Gregg Herman On Nov. 9, 2005, the Wisconsin Assembly passed a bill by a 57-38 vote that would substantially change Wisconsin’s removal law, greatly restricting a parent’s ability to move with a minor child. The proposed legislation, AB 400, now ...

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No placement of children by default

Gregg Herman Can placement of minor children be decided by default? Even though the Legislature said "yes," the Wisconsin Court of Appeals said "no" in a recent case. Specifically, the issue involves the failure of a parent to file a ...

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Fee opinion recommended for pub

Gregg Herman Thanks to action by the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin, the issue of whether an attorney is entitled to a judgment for attorney fees from a client under Wis. Stat. §767.23(3)(a) when the attorney ...

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Father seeks ‘virtual visitation’ with daughter

Gregg Herman After Michael Gough's divorce in Utah, he found himself living 1,000 miles away from his four-year-old daughter. Not satisfied with simple telephone calls in between physical visitations, he sought a court order allowing "virtual visitation" through electronic communication. ...

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Father seeks ‘virtual visitation’ with daughter

Gregg Herman After Michael Gough's divorce in Utah, he found himself living 1,000 miles away from his four-year-old daughter. Not satisfied with simple telephone calls in between physical visitations, he sought a court order allowing "virtual visitation" through electronic communication. ...

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Potential Derr v. Derr problem

Don't worry — this column hasn't gone soft. Gregg Herman In my March 30 column, I praised the Wisconsin District IV Court of Appeals for its opinion in Derr v. Derr, No. 03-2181 (Wis. Ct. App. Mar. 17, 2005) (recommended ...

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