POSTED: Monday, April 29, 2013 - 11:45am
UPDATED: Monday, April 29, 2013 - 11:49am
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — A former manager for the IRS’s Baton Rouge office pled guilty today to a public corruption charge.
U.S. Attorney Don Cazayoux, Jr., reports that Jeanne L. Gavin, 61, pled guilty on Monday, April 29. She admitted that during her time as a Group Manager at the IRS she used her authority to force her subordinates to access the IRS database on over 2,000 occasions to benefit her private tax and accounting business.
“My office, together with our federal, state, and local partners, will continue to aggressively pursue instances of public corruption wherever found,” Cazayoux said. “Public confidence in our governmental institutions, particularly those agencies entrusted to tax collection, is vitally important.
“The criminal acts of a few undermine such confidence, while overshadowing the honest efforts of the vast majority of public servants. My great appreciation to the Office of Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) who worked tirelessly with our office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in this important matter.”
Sentencing is scheduled for September 12, 2013. Gavin faces two years in prison and a $200,000 fine. Once released from prison, she could face one year of supervised release.