Greg Cohen held on alleged Tax Evasion – UPDATE

WTXL is reporting that Greg Cohen, who you know from, Lofty Pursuits, Infinite Illusions, and the World Yo-Yo contest was arrested today on alleged tax fraud.  The full article is here

On a personal note, I know Greg and really hope this is a mistake.

Greg is out on bail. Those close to Greg are saying that it’s not as big of a deal as the charges says it is (as we here at YoYoSkills are also hoping). Greg, at the advice of his lawyer, has given no comment.

The actual charges pulled from the latest news reports seem to be:
– Failure to pay back taxes
– Holding collected sales tax

More as this story continues to unfold.
It does not look like the World Yo-Yo Contest will be affected. The IYYF is preparing a statement, which is expected to be inline with the current WYYC timeline but it is unknown if the contest will be run with, or without participation from Greg.

Editorial: I can’t really express how much I want this to not be true.  While I know that there are plenty of people who know Greg better than I do, I have met the man and talked with him many times and can’t believe that he would do something like this on purpose.  I was hesitant to even post it up but Facebook had already exploded with the news and I was seeing a lot of guesses as to what happened without references to the story.  I ask the readers remember that the DOR (Department of Revenue) has made mistakes like this in the past, and while it takes a lot to get an arrest warrant, that doesn’t mean that this couldn’t be a mistake.  Greg, if you see this, I am rooting for you.  I hope this can be overcome and I consider this kind of news that I occasionally have to report on in my volunteer news blog, along with reporting deaths, suicides, and money laundering to be especially stomach churning.


Chris "Dr. Yo-Yo" Allen is the creator and founder of He has been yoyoing for over 25 years and has a passion for the industry.

'Greg Cohen held on alleged Tax Evasion – UPDATE' have 9 comments

  1. March 31, 2013 @ 7:13 am Me

    I’m surprised that this posting has shown up on “YoYoSkills” and not “YoYoNews.”

    I mean, I understand why they would shy away from posting it (yo-yo politics), but still, the site is called “YoYoNEWS.”


  2. March 29, 2013 @ 5:57 pm Matt Marie

    To answer the question if worlds is moving, I spoke to a few people and have confirmed that worlds is in fact still taking place in orlando this year.


  3. March 29, 2013 @ 4:40 pm pep

    The pic is so funny! LMFAO


  4. March 29, 2013 @ 3:57 pm diego

    is this an early april fools joke ?


  5. March 29, 2013 @ 1:37 pm Me

    Geez, that’s an unfortunate mugshot.


  6. March 29, 2013 @ 1:01 pm Johnny Le on Facebook



  7. March 29, 2013 @ 12:52 pm Reid Paul Johnson on Facebook

    Is worlds still gonna be in orlando this year??


  8. March 29, 2013 @ 2:18 pm Emil Brown on Facebook

    Before folks start going crazy, wondering whether Worlds will be canceled or moved this year, I think it would be in the industry’s best interest to make sure the contest DOES take place in Orlando as scheduled. After the announcement that Worlds will be moving after this year, and now this unfortunate news, yoyoers need something they can be sure of.


  9. March 29, 2013 @ 1:18 pm Jason Banales on Facebook

    No brains no headache


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