Former IRS Tax Advocate Employee Indicted for Tax Evasion and Tax Obstruction (10/21/21)

DOJ Tax announced here
the indictment of Wayne M. Garvin, previously Supervisory Associate Advocate
with IRS’s Taxpayer Advocate Service in Philadelphia.  The indictment on CL is here.  The indictment charges three counts of tax
evasion (§ 7201) and two counts of tax obstruction (§ 7212(a)).  The counts relate to false deductions on
income tax returns and submission of false documents during the civil and
criminal investigations. 

Key excerpts from the press release.

According to the indictment, Wayne M. Garvin, currently of
Columbia, South Carolina, and previously of Philadelphia, allegedly filed
individual income tax returns for the years 2012 through 2016 on which he
claimed fraudulent deductions and expenses, including charitable contribution
deductions and expenses associated with rental properties that he owned for
some years. For the year 2013, Garvin also allegedly claimed he had expenses
associated with service in the U.S. Army Reserves even though he did not
perform any reservist duty that year. At the time Garvin filed his false tax
returns, he was employed as a Supervisory Associate Advocate with the IRS’s
Taxpayer Advocate Service in Philadelphia.

The indictment also alleges that after the IRS began an
audit of Garvin’s 2013 and 2014 tax returns, Garvin submitted fraudulent
documents to the IRS revenue agent conducting the audit. Among other fraudulent
documents, Garvin allegedly created receipts from a church, invoices from a
contractor and a letter from the Department of the Army in an attempt to
convince the IRS he was entitled to claim the deductions and expenses on his
returns. Garvin allegedly submitted the fraudulent documents to the IRS to
prevent the IRS from assessing additional taxes against him for 2013 and 2014.
Finally, the indictment alleges that after the IRS notified Garvin that he was
under criminal investigation for filing false tax returns, Garvin provided the
same fraudulent documents to IRS Criminal Investigation that Garvin previously
provided to the IRS revenue agent.

 JAT Comments:

1. I am reminded of the old adage that, when you have dug yourself into a hole, stop digging.  See the Wikipedia Entry on the Law of Holes, here (the entry notes: “The second law of holes is commonly known as: ‘when you stop digging, you are still in a hole.'”

2. Done.