IRS Employee Pleads Guilty to Soliciting and Receiving Bribe
Monday, December 30th, 2019 @ 3:25PM
CFEG reports that on July 24, 2019, in a federal district court in the Central District of California, an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) pled guilty to soliciting and receiving a bribe in her capacity as a public official. Special agents of the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration previously arrested her in May 2019, when she was charged with the offense. https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/oi_highlights.shtml
According to court documents, the IRS employee corruptly sought and received something of value in return for being influenced in the performance of an official act. According to the Treasury Inspector General For Tax Administration (TIGTA) she has been employed by the IRS since February 1990 and currently employed as a tax specialist. Her duties include planning and conducting examinations of individual and business taxpayers. https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/oi_highlights.shtml
On May 1, 2019, a taxpayer reported that he met with the IRS employee at her Long Beach office regarding an IRS audit of his 2017 Federal income tax return. She corruptly sought a $5,000 cash bribe while in the performance of her official duties, in exchange for lowering the taxpayer’s tax liability. She also scheduled a follow-up meeting. https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/oi_highlights.shtml
On May 7, 2019, the taxpayer met with the IRS employee at her Long Beach office, which was monitored by law enforcement. She provided adjusted tax records that showed a reduction of the taxpayer’s tax liability to approximately $10,616, the number agreed to at their prior meeting. In exchange, the taxpayer paid the IRS employee the $5,000 cash bribe payment, which she accepted. https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/oi_highlights.shtml
This IRS employee faces a maximum statutory penalty of 15 years’ imprisonment and a fine of $250,000. Sentencing in this case has not yet been scheduled. https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/oi_highlights.shtml
When IRS employees solicit and receive bribes in their capacity as a public official, the IRS fails in its mission to apply the tax law with integrity and fairness to all.