Two additional defendants have been charged with criminal tax fraud in a tax shelter case involving current and former partners at Ernst & Young.
In May 2007, the Justice Department filed an indictment alleging that four current and former E&Y partners - Robert Coplan, Martin Nissenbaum, Richard Shapiro and Brian Vaughn, along with co-conspirators - concocted and marketed tax shelter transactions designed for wealthy individuals to eliminate or defer their tax liabilities. The government said they took steps to prevent the IRS from detecting their clients' use of the tax shelters, knowing the IRS would aggressively challenge the tax shelters.
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