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Mar 29, 2013 1:42 PM by AP

Ex-IRS agent charged with conflict of interest

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A former supervisory agent at the Baton Rouge office of the Internal Revenue Service has been charged in connection with her alleged unauthorized and simultaneous operation of a private tax service.

The Advocate reports Jeanne L. Gavin, 61, faces one count of conflict of interest and one count of exceeding authorized access to a government computer.

At the IRS office, Gavin "supervised approximately 10 revenue agents responsible for determining federal tax liability and collecting" taxes owed by individuals, partnerships and corporations, according to the charges pending against her.

Gavin also "was involved in identifying taxpayers to be audited, assigning the auditor, and overseeing the audit," her charges state.

In 2005, however, Gavin formed a tax and accounting service called Too Cool Enterprises LLC, according to both her criminal charges and records of the Louisiana Secretary of State's Office.

Too Cool Enterprises is listed in current state records as a limited liability company that is in good standing. Gavin is listed in those records as the company's agent, manager and member.

Gavin's federal charges allege, however, that she operated that company from 2005 through 2009 without first obtaining "a written conflict of interest waiver from the IRS."

While still at the IRS, Gavin's charges allege, she had access to the service's Integrated Data Retrieval System, which provided "databases and operating programs that supported IRS employees working active tax cases."

Gavin retired from the IRS in September 2009 after a 30-year career.

Gavin was not indicted, but was charged in a bill of information that was signed by U.S. Attorney Donald J. Cazayoux Jr. and Assistant U.S. Attorney Corey R. Amundson.

Amundson filed a document late Thursday in the case, which is assigned to Chief U.S. District Judge Brian A. Jackson.

In that document, Amundson said prosecutors and Gavin plan to sign a plea agreement in the case.

No details of that agreement were included in the court filing.

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