A former Internal Revenue Service agent has pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court to engaging in a scheme in which he attempted to sell to other taxpayers the purported tax losses of a company he owned, as well as use them on his own individual tax returns.

Harry Willner, 59, a revenue agent assigned to the IRS's Large and Midsized Business Unit, was responsible for audits of large financial institutions. He began working for the IRS in 1974.

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