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IRS EMPLOYEES "BUSTED"

Twice a year the U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) is required to publish a report that includes the number of complaints filed against IRS employees for civil and criminal violations. The number of "officially numbered complaints" averages 6000-8000 per year.

The complaints that can be verified with witnesses and/or documents will be worked, and the IRS employee will suffer various reprimands that may or may not affect his career. However, if the charge is serious, most IRS employees elect to transfer to another government agency or take early retirement once they become aware of an impending investigation. If the charges are criminal, they simply go to jail.

It should be noted that the number of IRS violations is far greater than the number reported by TIGTA. The reason is ― all IRS employees must terminate their interview the moment they become aware the taxpayer is tape-recording their conversation. Taxpayers are required to give IRS employees 10 days written notice of their intent to tape-record an IRS interview. Furthermore, the tape-recorded interview must take place in an IRS office and the employee's group manager must be present. No chance of collecting any evidence here!

Let's take a casual look at some of the criminal violations reported by TIGTA for the period 2002 - 2012.

September 4, 2012
IRS employee Cheryl Frazier was sentenced to four months imprisonment followed by three years of probation for mail fraud.

April 2, 2012
IRS employee Stephanie Taylor pled guilty to theft of taxpayer's remittance check.

June 22, 2011
IRS employee Patricia Sebera-Robledo was sentenced for conspiracy to defraud the United States.

January 11, 2011
IRS employee Alice Rodriguez was charged with unauthorized access to IRS computers.

January 13, 2011
IRS employee Vandetta Logan pled guilty to unauthorized inspection of tax return information.

April 4, 2011
IRS employee Monica Hernandez was indicted for making and subscribing a false income tax return, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft.

May 09, 2011
IRS employee Roxane Posada was sentenced for theft of public money.

May 27, 2011
IRS employee Gina Browning was sentenced for theft of Internal Revenue Service funds.

June 22, 2011
IRS employee Patricia Sebera-Robledo was sentenced for conspiracy to defraud the United States.

December 13, 2010
IRS Revenue Officer Fern Stephens was indicted for stealing $160,000 in taxpayer funds.

October 5, 2010
IRS employee Vonda Edmonds was indicted for embezzlement and theft.

May 30, 2010
IRS employee Fernanda Hernandez was sentenced to 16 months in prison and two years probation for taking cash bribes from taxpayers.

July 21, 2010
IRS Special Agent David Leoce was sentenced for making false Workers' Compensation claims.

June 21, 2010
IRS employee Eileen Covarrubias was sentenced for unauthorized inspection of tax return information.

August 2, 2010
IRS employee Terry Irwin was sentenced for computer fraud.

August 17, 2010
IRS employee Roger Combs pled guilty to receiving bribes from taxpayers.

July 8, 2009
IRS employee Edith Squillace was charged with attempted extortion.

May 6, 2009
IRS employee Michael Hicks was charged with damage to government property.

April 29, 2009
IRS employee Frank Auerbach was charged with unauthorized inspection of tax return information.

August 2008
IRS employee sentenced to 30 months imprisonment, 24 months probation for conspiracy to launder money from illegal drug proceeds.

June 2008
IRS employee indicted for theft and embezzlement of more than $485,000 in taxpayer remittance checks.

May 2008
IRS employee indicted for theft of more than $75,000 in taxpayer checks that she altered and subsequently deposited to her personal bank account.

April 2008
IRS employee indicted in $13 million securities fraud schemes.

July 2007
IRS employee sentenced to 30 days home detention, 12 months of probation and $1,000 fine for possession of 28 grams of a controlled substance known as methamphetamine.

July 2007
IRS employee sentenced to a term of 5 years probation and ordered to pay restitution of $10,930 for theft of IRS computer equipment that was subsequently sold on ebay.com.

July 2007
IRS employee sentenced to 5 years imprisonment and ordered to pay restitution of $335,665 for 12 counts of wire fraud.

February 2006
IRS employee found guilty of filing false claims for Hurricane Katrina disaster assistance.

January 2006
IRS employee sentenced to 5 years probation and ordered to pay restitution of more than $153,000 for Social Security disability benefits to which he was not entitled.

December 2005
IRS employee charged with stealing more than $22,000 in U.S. Treasury Refund Checks.

October 2005
IRS employee charged with unauthorized computer access. IRS employee was also employed by a tax preparation service and used IRS computer systems for commercial and personal gain.

August 2005
IRS employee was sentenced for wire fraud, theft of government funds ($350,000), money laundering and false representation of a social security number.

July 2005
IRS employee pleads guilty to unlawful acts of Revenue Officers including the acceptance of cash, property, and other gifts from taxpayers under his control.

April 2005
IRS employee pleads guilty to theft of tax return remittances that were subsequently deposited into his personal account.

April 2005
IRS employee pleads guilty to removal and destruction of taxpayer's permanent record file to cover up acts of incompetence and cause harm to the taxpayer.

February 2005
IRS employee was arrested for his scheme to defraud the United States. The full-time employee also owned and operated a real estate development company that diverted $600,000 in sales to secret bank accounts under his control.

February 2005
IRS employee charged with false statements and witness tampering.

January 2005
IRS employee pleads guilty to unauthorized disclosure of tax information. The information was given to her daughter who used the information in her business.

November 23, 2004
IRS employee was arrested for possession of child pornography on IRS computers.

September 2004
IRS employee was indicted for conspiracy and bribery charges relating to his involvement in a money laundering scheme. The agent received a $30,000 bribe to launder $400,000 of currency.

September 2004
IRS employee pleads guilty to unauthorized access and disclosure of tax information in exchange for sexual favors.

August 2004
IRS employee was sentenced for unauthorized taxpayer account access and the issuance of erroneous Earned Income Tax Credits totaling $141,000. The employee received a commission for each credit that was issued.

July 2004
IRS employee and co-conspirator were indicted for diverting and attempting to divert more than $500,000 in tax refunds.

May 2004
IRS employee pleads guilty to theft of government property and refunds associated with tax returns under his control.

February 24, 2004
IRS employee was sentenced for failing to deposit cash payments received from taxpayers under his control.

February 2004
IRS employee and co-conspirator were indicted for stealing more than $2.6 million from IRS lockbox.

January 8, 2004
IRS employee charged with conspiracy to commit identity theft, witness tampering and unauthorized inspection of tax return information.

December 1, 2003
IRS employee sentenced for possessing 115 counterfeit Revenue Officer credentials with intent to sell and/or distribute for unlawful purposes.

December 1, 2003
IRS employee pleads guilty to distributing controlled substances to other IRS employees.

November 24, 2003
IRS employee was arrested for theft of government funds. Employee used government credit card to purchase items for personal use.

October 30, 2003
IRS employee was arrested for possessing child pornography on IRS computers.

October 7, 2003
IRS employee was indicted for a murder-for-hire plot.

September 2003
IRS employee was indicted for soliciting $500,000 bribe and receiving partial payment to "fix" case under his control.

September 2003
IRS employee sentenced to 63 months in federal prison for affiliation with known prostitution ring, theft of government automobile, and impersonation of an FBI agent.

September 2003
IRS employee was indicted for theft of $127,000 in tax payments from IRS lockbox.

September 2003
IRS employee sentenced to four months in federal prison for illegally accessing IRS computer system and arranging tax refunds for herself and her friends.

July 2003
IRS employee was sentenced to five months in federal prison for entering the IRS computer system and deleting $55,000 tax liability for a friend.

July 2003
IRS employee was indicted for threatening two state police officers that he would have their tax returns audited should they continue with his arrest.

December 2002
Two IRS employees were indicted for the destruction of records stolen from the IRS processing center. The records affected 300 taxpayers and cost the government $1.2 million in lost revenue.

January 2003
IRS employee signs agreement to repay $132,000 in illegal wages that he received while working full-time at his own business.

November 2002
IRS employee was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for accepting a $6,000 bribe to disclose secret grand jury information.

January 2003
IRS employee pleads guilty to storing 9,000 digitized images of child pornography on government computers.

July 2002
IRS employee was arrested for submitting false documents regarding workmen's compensation claim that paid him $110,000 in benefits.

June 2002
IRS employee pleads guilty to altering checks and money orders made payable to the IRS. Employee altered the checks and deposited them to his personal bank account.

June 2002
IRS employee pleads guilty to opening envelopes from taxpayers and altering tax return information in a way that would direct their refunds to his personal bank account.

The above cases represent only a sample of the 6000-8000 complaints filed against IRS employees each year. If you have the stomach for reading more about the above cases, as well as many others, you should visit TIGTA's website at http://www.ustreas.gov/tigta.

It grieves me greatly to see the overall decline in the hiring practices of the Internal Revenue Service. Twenty years ago the Service hired only the best and brightest college graduates. When I entered the Service, only graduates in the upper 10% of their class need apply. Now it appears any warm body will do. The IRS is struggling to maintain order by relying on their past reputation for excellence. However, as the annual number of complaints against IRS employees approaches the 10,000 mark and the number of criminal cases increases by leaps and bounds, it is plain to see the Service is in trouble. As long as these conditions exist, all citizens should be guarded in their dealings with the IRS.

If you have a serious IRS problem, you should not put your business, family, or personal assets at risk by attempting to resolve your problem alone without proper representation. Remember, IRS employees represent the government. They do not represent you, the taxpayer. If you don't get help from me, make sure you hire someone with previous IRS experience.