Jeffrey B. Setness
Former DOJ Tax Prosecutor (AUSA)
Las Vegas, Nevada
Jeffrey B. Setness is a former Trial Attorney with the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington D.C. and a former Assistant United States Attorney in Nevada.
Background. Mr. Setness represents clients in federal criminal investigations and at trial involving a variety of white collar offenses including tax fraud, bank fraud, money laundering, structuring, distributions of opioids by medical doctors, and health care fraud. Mr. Setness is licensed to practice law in Nevada and California.
Federal Criminal Investigation and Trial Experience. Mr. Setness spent nine years with the Justice Department, first as a Trial Attorney assigned to the Criminal Tax Division (DOJ Tax) in Washington D.C. and later as an Assistant United States Attorney in Nevada. During his tenure with the U.S. Department of Justice, Mr. Setness investigated, prosecuted, and/or tried cases involving criminal violations of the Internal Revenue Code, including tax evasion and conspiracy to defraud, structuring of currency transactions, and money laundering, an experience he now uses to help and protect his clients in private practice. As an AUSA, Mr. Setness co-tried the currency structuring case of United States v. Ratzlaf which was eventually heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Tax Law. In private practice, Mr. Setness has represented clients accused of income tax evasion, filing of false tax returns, assisting in the filing of false returns, conspiracy to defraud the United States, money laundering, and structuring of currency transactions. To provide just one recent example, Mr. Setness obtained a plea to a single misdemeanor in a 15-count felony indictment, where his client was charged with felony counts of income tax evasion, filing false tax returns, aiding and assisting, and conspiracy to defraud the United States.
Client Services. Clients approach Mr. Setness to seek effective strategies against pending or potential government investigations, asset forfeiture protection, and when contemplating a federal trial involving financial crimes, in particular tax fraud. With almost 30 years of federal experience as a federal prosecutor and defense counsel, Mr. Setness advises businesses and individuals in criminal defense matters. A two-time recipient of the prestigious U.S. Department of Justice Special Achievement Awards, Mr. Setness provides effective and proven solutions to corporate and individual clients in their dealings with the Department of Justice, IRS Criminal Investigation, the FBI, and other federal and state law enforcement agencies.
Mr. Setness and his family reside outside of Las Vegas, Nevada.