Former IRS Employee Charged with Tax Fraud

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According to the U.S. Department of Justice, a former IRS employee was charged with tax fraud. The man is a former Supervisory Associate Advocate with the IRS’s Taxpayer Advocate Service in Philadelphia. He was charged in connection with false deductions and charitable expenses on his return.

The South Carolina man reported expenses for U.S. Army Reserve duty, when he did not perform those duties during the year in question. He also reported rental property expenses that did not happen. Finally, he took charitable deduction for false donations.

When he was audited he gave the IRS Revenue Agent forged contractor invoices, church donation receipts, and a fake letter from the U.S. Army. IRS Criminal Investigation then began investigating. The man gave those same forged documents to the IRS Special Agent investigating the fraud.

The man was charged with three counts of tax evasion and two counts of corruptly endeavoring to impair and impede the due administration of the internal revenue laws. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison on each count of tax evasion, and a maximum penalty of three years in prison on each count of endeavoring to impair the internal revenue laws.

An indictment is merely an allegation, and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. If sentenced, that sentence will be determined by a federal judge.

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