An IRS tax compliance officer has been charged with accepting a bribe in exchange for preparing a false audit report for a taxpayer, and stealing another taxpayer's federal income tax refund and economic stimulus check.
Fernando Cruz, of Shady Grove, Ore., was charged with one count of accepting a bribe as a public official and two counts of wire fraud. Earlier this year, he was assigned to audit the joint tax return of a Las Vegas couple. He allegedly accepted $1,000 in cash and assistance in finding an apartment in exchange for performing a favorable audit of the return.
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