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According to the Collins English Dictionary 10th Edition fraud can be defined as: "deceit, trickery, sharp practice, or breach of confidence, perpetrated for profit or to gain some unfair or dishonest advantage".[1] In the broadest sense, a fraud is an intentional deception made for personal gain or to damage another individual; the related adjective is fraudulent. The specific legal definition varies by legal jurisdiction. Fraud is a crime, and also a civil law violation. Defrauding people or entities of money or valuables is a common purpose of fraud, but there have also been fraudulent "discoveries", e.g. in science, to gain prestige rather than immediate monetary gain
*As defined in Wikipedia

Monday, April 1, 2013

Goldman Sachs Gives Bad Advice to Others

We have often asked why Goldman Sachs has even one client or customer because of its tendency for having to pay for committing various frauds.  Goldman Sachs's advice is not worth a plugged nickle sometimes.  Goldman marketed "Special Limited Investment Partnerships" to help Dow obtain tax benefits in the form of deductions of royalty expenses (from 1993 to 1997).

This transaction, along with others, was labelled "an economic sham" by the judge because of the "circular nature of funds among related entities--Dow and its subsidiaries."

Now that is not a good thing!
Dow Chemical Lose $1 Billion in Deductions in Tax Case
 By Andrew Azjac - Bloomberg BusinessWeek
Dow Chemical Co. (DOW)’s claim to $1 billion in tax deductions was based on transactions with sham partnerships promoted by Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) and law firm King & Spalding LLP, a federal judge ruled, throwing out the company’s bid to recover the money. 

The Internal Revenue Service correctly rejected the tax benefits created by the complex partnerships from 1993 to 2003 because the transactions were designed to exploit perceived weaknesses in the tax code and not for legitimate business purposes, U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson said in a ruling filed yesterday in federal court in Baton Rouge, Louisiana,. 

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