The head of the Internal Revenue Service’s Office of Fraud/Bank Secrecy Act will now play a key role in the agency’s efforts to halt tax fraud, after being named as the new head of the agency’s Criminal Investigation Division.
In announcing the appointment of Eileen Mayer, IRS Commissioner Mark Everson called her a seasoned prosecutor who knows the criminal justice system inside and out.
As director of the fraud office, Mayer was responsible for the agency’s internal fraud referral program from within the Small Business/Self-Employed Division, where enforcement and compliance issues involving individual taxpayers and small businesses are handled. Her office specifically ensured that egregious cases of noncompliance uncovered by the agency’s examiners were forwarded to criminal investigators and spearheaded the agency’s involvement in the enforcement of the Bank Secrecy Act.
Mayer came to the IRS in January 2006 after 19 years at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington. There she served as deputy chief of the criminal division, supervising the prosecution of federal criminal offenses in the area. Her tenure also included a three-year stint as special assistant to the director of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, a branch of the Department of Treasury largely concerned with combating money-laundering operations.
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