Orlando Attorney Wins Final Acquittal in Federal Tax Fraud Case

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An Orlando attorney, Mark L. Horwitz, represented Robert Bishop in the acquittal of a white collar crime case. The Melbourne businessman had faced 60 years in prison for tax fraud.

The Law Offices of Mark L. Horwitz

The Justice Department has an impressive rate of conviction, so it is rare when a criminal tax case is a total victory for the defense

Orlando attorney Mark Horwitz scored an impressive victory in the federal tax fraud case of Melbourne businessman Robert Bishop. The government claimed that Bishop owed more than $685,000 in withholding taxes and charged Bishop with 12 felony counts and one misdemeanor. Bishop faced over 60 years in prison.

Attorney Horwitz secured acquittals for Bishop on all counts. "The Justice Department has an impressive rate of conviction, so it is rare when a criminal tax case is a total victory for the defense," Horwitz said. "Needless to say, we are very pleased to deliver such results to a client." The Justice Department wins 98 percent of the tax cases it chooses to prosecute.

The theory of Bishop's case was that Bishop relied on his accountant for the proper handling of withholding tax. Horwitz's devastating cross-examination of the accountant revealed that the accountant had filed false tax returns and lied to the IRS. The noteworthy cross-examination was featured in the May 2008 Supplement to the book "Criminal Trial Techniques," by F. Lee Bailey and Kenneth J. Fishman.

Mark Horwitz has focused in white collar criminal defense, including tax evasion, for over three decades. Horwitz began his career prosecuting tax fraud cases in the 1970s as an Assistant United States Attorney.

About Mark Horwitz: With more than 30 years experience, Horwitz specializes in white-collar crime and, more specifically, in the areas of tax evasion, mail and wire fraud. A Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and listed in Best Lawyers in America, Horwitz's legal experience includes not only private practice, but also many years as an Assistant United States Attorney. Horwitz is a member of The Florida Bar, The Colorado Bar and The District of Columbia Bar. Horwitz also is a Board Certified Criminal Trial Advocate of the National Board of Trial Advocacy and is certified as a Criminal Trial Specialist by The Florida Bar. For more information about attorney Mark Horwitz, please visit http://www.mlhorwitzlaw.com

case # 6:07-cr-00011-JA-KRS-1

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