A former Internal Revenue Service agent has pleaded guilty to soliciting a $5,000 bribe from a small business he was auditing.

Robert Rosner, who worked as an IRS agent between August 2004 and December 6, 2006, initiated an audit of the New York-based business. On November 28, 2006, he contacted the head of the company and suggested they have lunch. At the lunch, Rosner offered to terminate the audit in return for $5,000, according to the Justice Department. The head of the company agreed to pay the bribe, and on Dec. 1, 2006, Rosner submitted paperwork recommending that no change be made to the company's tax returns, effectively ending the audit.

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