POSTED: Saturday, September 21, 2013 - 2:00pm
UPDATED: Saturday, September 21, 2013 - 2:04pm
BATON ROUGE, LA — A former IRS manager has been sentenced to jail time for exceeding authorized access to a government computer.
Jeanna Gavin, 62, of Baton Rouge, was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment, 12 months of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine of $20,000.
The sentence results from the defendant’s convictions for exceeding authorized access to a government computer, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1030, and engaging in a criminal conflict of interest, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 205.
The defendant’s convictions stem from actions she took while serving as a Supervisory Internal Revenue Agent and Group Manager in the Baton Rouge office of the Internal Revenue Service. In that role, the defendant supervised approximately ten revenue agents responsible for determining federal tax liability and collecting taxes for individual, partnership, and corporate taxpayers.
The defendant admitted that, while working for the IRS, she engaged in a criminal conflict of interest with her IRS employment by owning and operating a private tax and accounting business which generated over $70,000. The defendant further admitted to using her position as an IRS Manager to improperly cause subordinates to access IRS databases on over 2000 occasions for the benefit of her private tax and accounting business.
Acting U.S. Attorney Green stated, “My office, together with our federal, state, and local partners, will continue to aggressively pursue instances of public corruption wherever found. 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.”