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IRS' Top 10 Criminal Cases of 2021

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Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation this week announced its top 10 cases for calendar year 2021. These cases include the agency’s most prominent and high-profile investigations of the past year.

“The investigative work of 2021 has all the makings of a made for TV movie — embezzlement of funds from a nonprofit, a family fraud ring that stole millions in COVID-relief funds and a $1 billion Ponzi scheme used to buy sports teams and luxury vehicles,” IRS-CI chief Jim Lee said in a statement. 

“But this is real life and I’m grateful to our IRS-CI agents for pursuing these leads and ensuring that the perpetrators were prosecuted for their crimes.” 

IRS-CI is responsible for conducting financial crime investigations. Its special agents are the only federal law enforcement agents with investigative jurisdiction over tax code violations.

The agency has 20 field offices located across the U.S. and 11 attaché posts abroad.

See the gallery for IRS-CI’s top 10 malefactors of 2021.