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Apr 30, 2013 8:32 AM by AP

Ex-IRS agent enters plea to conflict of interest

A former supervisory agent at the Internal Revenue Service's Baton Rouge office has admitted that her private tax and accounting business generated more than $70,000 while she was employed by the IRS.
The Advocate reports 61-year-old Jeanne L. Gavin, of Baton Rouge, pleaded guilty Monday before Chief U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson to misdemeanor charges stemming from her unauthorized and simultaneous operation of a private tax service.
Jackson ordered a presentence investigation and scheduled Gavin's sentencing for Sept. 12.
Federal prosecutors charged Gavin on March 28 with one count of conflict of interest and another count of exceeding authorized access to a government computer. Each count is punishable by up to one year in prison and each carries possible fines that could total as much as $100,000.


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