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[November 22, 2016] Sad News: Passing of William Witkowski

William E. Witkowski beloved husband of Carole; loving father of John (Noreen) and Robert (Christine); dearest grandfather of James, Allison, and Johnathon; dear brother of the late Richard; also many fond nieces and nephews. William was a Special Agent for the U.S. Treasury Department, Criminal Investigation Division for 28 years. Memorial visitation Friday November 25 from 3 PM - 9 PM with a funeral service at 7 PM at the Schielka Addison Street Funeral Home 7710 W Addison St. 773-625-3444

 

Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication from Nov. 18 to Nov. 22, 2016

- See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/chicagotribune/obituary.aspx?n=william-witkowski&pid=182592064#sthash.0jpGKwWY.dpuf



[October 23, 2016] Sad News: Passing of Michael McDonald

Michael McDonald Obituary

 

We are saddened to report that former Special Agent/Group Supervisor Michael McDonald has passed away Thursday evening (10/20) as a result of complications relating to his battle with melanoma.  Mike retired in 1998 from a legendary career with CI in Miami. Mike was an architect of Operation Greenback, the incredibly successful anti-money laundering initiative employed by IRS to find and seize drug proceeds. Interviews with Mike about the cocaine cartels are still frequently aired on the National Geographic Channel as well as in other documentaries aired on other channels.   After retiring, Mike became a highly successful consultant. Michael McDonald & Associates Inc. was highly sought after by banks and money service businesses in the U.S. and abroad to evaluate their anti-money laundering programs and to improve their effectiveness. Mike was a friend to many and an enemy to none (with the exception of several individuals from south of the border). Throughout his battle with melanoma, Mike never asked for, or wanted sympathy. He viewed his diagnosis as a challenge, which he intended to win right up to the end. Mike cherished his wife Melanie, his daughter Carrie his son Ryan (Kara) and his five year old grandson, Michael. Throughout his demanding career, Mike always found a way to put his family first.

 

Plans for a memorial service are incomplete. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to:

 

Michael McDonald & Associates

11924 W Forest Hill, #10A-300

Wellington, FL 33414

 



[September 27, 2016] Retired SA Bozeman - battling cancer

Retired SA Tom Bozeman (Fayetteville, NC POD) has been battling cancer and other health issues for some time. I just learned he’s in the hospital (Chapel Hill, NC) again and not doing well. He’s been there for about a week or so.  They are not sure when or if he’ll go home again.  Please keep Tom, his wife Kim, and their family in your thoughts and prayers.  Feel free to pass this along to retirees or others you think may know Tom or would like to know about his status.  Tom’s home address and phone number are shown below.  Thanks and be safe!   

 

7705 Eunice Drive

Fayetteville, NC 28306

 

Cell:     910-988-9152



[September 22, 2016] Sad News: Passing of Laura Wood Murray

Last week Russ Murray's wife of 73 years was called to the Lord.  Russ who is in his 90's  retired from CID many years ago.  He was a member of the AFSA-IRS for many years and up until his and Laura's health started failing attended many of the conventions. 

 

Mr. Miles spoke with Russ and needless to say he is saddened with a very heavy heart.  He is accepting phone calls.   

His  address is:                                                                                        

Russell W. Murray

14 Cheshire Glen Lane

The Woodlands, TX 77382

Tel No. 713-825-6063

 

In Memory of

Laura Wood Murray

July 2, 1925 - September 6, 2016

Laura Wood Murray, 91, of The Woodlands passed away on Tuesday, September 6,

2016. Laura was born and spent her childhood in Burlington, North Carolina. Laura and

Russ married on March 16, 1943, in Danville, Virginia. Laura, Russ and their

daughters spent many happy years together in Charlotte, North Carolina, Macon,

Georgia, and Atlanta, Georgia before Laura and Russ moved to Houston in January

1978.

Cherishing her memory are her husband, Russell W. Murray; sister, Polly Wilson;

daughters, Pamela M. Wright and her husband, Taylor; Laura Janette "Jan" Pilzer and

her husband, Ted; granddaughters, Bailey C. O'Leary and her husband, Brendan, and

Natalie H. Pilzer; grandsons, Dylan T. Wright and Matthew L. Pilzer; and her greatgrandson,

Aidan W. O'Leary.

Laura was a faithful member and volunteer for the Presbyterian church throughout her

life. The church, Russ, and her family were the center of her life. Her family and

friends enjoyed Laura's sense of humor; she loved to laugh. She enjoyed playing

bridge with her friends and Skip Bo with her grandkids. Laura also loved to read and

travel to Mo Ranch, where she arranged trips for seniors at her church. She spent

time teaching Body Recall classes to seniors also.

We are blessed to have had her with us. We love her greatly and will miss her

immeasurably.

 



[September 13, 2016] Wild game Cook-off Grand Champions!!!!

On September 9-10, 2016, “The Untouchable Hogs” Cooking Team participated in the Texas Association of First Responders (TAFR) Annual Law Enforcement, Fire Fighters and EMS Charity Wild Game Cook-Off, an event sanctioned by the Lone Star Barbecue Society.

The team consists of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies comprising the Houston Money Laundering Initiative, which is part of the Houston High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force.  This was The Untouchable Hogs’ thirteenth year competing in this very special event that brings together first responder personnel from around the state of Texas in order to raise money to assist law enforcement officers, firefighters and EMS personnel injured in the line of duty.  All proceeds from the event benefit TAFR’s charitable activities.

This year’s cook-off, held at the Pasadena Municipal Fairgrounds in Pasadena, was again a huge success!  This year there were 85 cooking teams who participated in this event.  The Untouchable Hogs Cooking Team won over all Grand Champion (see attached).  They won a total of ten trophies including Grand Champion, 4th place Brisket, 1st and 5th place Ribs, 7th and 8th place Chicken, 5th and 7th place Seafood and 7th and 8th place Wild Game.  They also make it to the final table with 11th place Chicken and 18th place Brisket. Everyone had a great time.  Although this year will be hard to beat next year, we are looking forward to it.

The Untouchable Hogs Cooking Team wants to thank everyone for all of your contributions, your support for this year and the years to come.  A very special thanks to Mark and Mary Hammond, Anthony Rogers, Arnita Jackson, Bessilynn Spikes, Blake Bowen, Karen Nichols, Logan McCarthy, Sylvia Garza, Terri Hogan, Beth Wigginton, Edward Gonzales, Monica and Royce Click, and Roberta Laurel.

 



[August 05, 2016] AFSA-IRS Cruise 2017

 

AFSA Cruise 2017

The Enchanting Rhine June 29 – July 6, 2017

7 night cruise from Amsterdam to Basel

 

June 29 – Amsterdam

July 1 – Cologne & Koblenz

July 2 – Rhine Gorge & Rudesheim

Jul7 3 – Mannheim

July 4 – Strasbourg

July 5 – Breisach & Basel

July 6 Disembarkation

 

BOOK BY SEPTEMBER 30, 2016 AND SAVE $1,000 PER PERSON ON CRUISE FARE

 

 



[August 03, 2016] Sad News: Passing of Colonel Judy (Judith) Welker

Colonel Judy (Judith) Welker, passed away at her home in Carlsbad, CA from head and neck cancer on July 12, 2016. Judy was born in Iowa on November 8, 1944 and was raised in Shelby, Montana by her parents Howard and Genny (Genevieve) Welker. After high school she attended Kinman Business College for a year and received a degree in Sociology from Montana State University. She was commissioned in the Army as a 2nd Lieutenant and retired as a Colonel in the Army Reserves after 35years. Judy was a graduate of the Army War College, an expert in Psychological Operations, and received the top award from the Selective Service System. Judy attended San Diego State University (SDSU), pursuing an MBA in Accounting and Finance. She was a member of the Accounting Honorary, Beta Alpha Psi, and taught accounting at SDSU. Judy passed the CPA exam and worked as an auditor and tax accountant, eventually becoming an IRS Special Agent (criminal investigator), primarily investigating money laundering in conjunction with narcotics and export violations. After 7 years, Judy transferred to US Customs Service as a Special Agent. She obtained a Masters Degree in Management from Salve Regina University and became a member of MENSA. Transferring to Washington, DC as a Senior Special Agent, she worked at the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) and the U.S. Customs Headquarters, where she became the Area Director for Asian Operations, and ultimately, the national coordinator of narcotic undercover investigations. Judy retired in San Diego, CA as a Supervisor in charge of exports of high technology and military munitions. At retirement, she received the Albert Gallatin award, the highest award given to an individual by the Treasury Department. After retiring, she became an avid golfer and won the club champion 6 times at Lake San Marcos Country Club now known as St. Mark Golf Club. In May 2015 she shared the club championship at the Lake San Marcos Executive Course, which was the last time she got to play the game she loved so much. Throughout her life, Judy had continuing faith in Christ. Judy is survived by her brother, Jim and his wife, Claudia and their children and grandchildren who live in Colorado. She has a large extended family and was very close to her aunts, uncles, and many cousins all over the country with the majority residing in Montana. Services will be held at the Whitted Funeral Home in Shelby, MT on July 29th at 10:30 am. After the service there will be a grave side service at the Mountain View Cemetery and lunch at the Methodist Church for family and friends.



[June 20, 2016] Sad News: Passing of Richard H. Neier

Richard Neier Obituary - anaconda, Montana

 

Richard was born on January 24, 1955 and passed away on Friday, May 27, 2016.



[February 29, 2016] Sad News: Passing of Sheridan Cleo Morris, Jr.



[January 19, 2016] Sad News: Passing of Robert (Bob) E. Burgess

 

Retired Special Agent Robert (Bob) E. Burgess, of Virginia Beach, VA, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, January 16, 2016. Bob retired from IRS-CI on January 3, 2003 but continued to provide his considerable skill and expertise in his post retirement job with the Peninsula Narcotics Enforcement Task Force (PNETF) until his passing. Bob generously shared his extensive knowledge in conducting complex criminal financial investigations with everyone he worked with from IRS-CI SA’s to other federal, state and local law enforcement personnel including the various U.S. Attorney’s offices that he worked with. He was beloved by all who knew and worked with him. His passing is deeply felt by his friends and colleagues that he worked with in the Hampton Roads, VA law enforcement community. Bob was a devoted family man and leaves behind his wife Barbara, three sons Randy, Carter and Chris Burgess and one grandson, Callan, and families, and Bob’s four brother’s and their families. See attached obituary and information about services for Bob. Please keep Bob’s wife, Barbara, and his entire family in your thoughts and prayers. 

 

Expressions of sympathy can be sent to Barbara Burgess at 1221 Worthington Lane, Virginia Beach, VA 23464. 

 

The family will receive friends on Wednesday January 20, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Laskin Road chapel of H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts located at 2002 Laskin Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23454. The funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM, Thursday, January 21, 2016 at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, located at 5181 Singleton Way, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462 with the Reverend Mary C. Lacy officiating. A reception at the church social hall will follow the funeral service. A private family interment will take place at a later date. Memorial donations may be made in Bob's memory to Emanuel Episcopal Church, 5181 Singleton Way, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462. Online condolences may be sent to the family at hdoliver.com.   http://obit.hdoliver.com/obit_display.cgi?id=1581714

 

 

 

Robert E. Burgess, 67, died unexpectedly Saturday, January 16, 2016. He was a native of Franklin, Virginia and lived in Hampton Roads most of his life. He was the son of the late Chester W. Burgess, Jr. and Mildred Pfeiffer Burgess.

Bob graduated from Franklin High School and Virginia Commonwealth University, class of 1970, with a degree in Business Administration. He was a long time member of Emanuel Episcopal Church, VA Beach. He retired from the Department of Treasury, Internal Revenue Service as a Criminal Investigator after 30 years of service. Following his retirement he worked for a combined task force of the police departments of Newport News, Hampton and Poquoson.

Survivors include his loving wife of 38 years, Barbara Brittan Burgess of Virginia Beach and his sons; Robert Andrew "Randy" Burgess of Key Largo, Florida, Robert Carter "Carter" Burgess and his wife Antoinette "Annie" of Neptune Beach, Florida and Christopher Sims "Chris" Burgess and his significant other Sunyoung Yi "Sunny" both of Virginia Beach. He is also survived by his brothers; Chester W. Burgess III and his wife Jeanie of Chesapeake, William J. Burgess and his wife Ann of Franklin, Dennis D. Burgess and his wife Emily of Richmond and Benny Burgess and his wife Elizabeth of Franklin and his grandson, Callan Carter "Callan" Burgess and many nieces and nephews.

His family was very important to him and those who were not family were treated as such. Bob was a caring loving man who lived his Christian Values every day.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, January 20, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM in the Laskin Road chapel of H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts. The funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM, Thursday, January 21, 2016 at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Virginia Beach, Virginia with the Reverend Mary C. Lacy officiating. A reception at the church social hall will follow the funeral service.

A private family interment will take place at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made in Bob's memory to Emanuel Episcopal Church, 5181 Singleton Way, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462. Online condolences may be sent to the family at hdoliver.com

 

 



[January 19, 2016] Sad News: Passing of Steve Hironaka

Steve HIRONAKA passed away January 17, 2016, after a brief battle with cancer the last few months.  At his request, his family will have a private service and burial on Oahu”



[January 06, 2016] Sad News: Passing of Tim Kunsman

 

Condolences to Tim Kunsman’s family may be sent to Donna Kunsman & family at:

 

1026 Cavan Drive

Apopka, FL 32703

 

 

The funeral arrangements for Tim Kunsman have been scheduled for Friday, January 8, 2015 at 10:00 AM. 

 

Service is at:

 

Mosaic Church

608 W Oakland

Oakland, Florida

http://thisismosaic.org/location/oakland/

 

Followed by a procession to the graveside, for a service at the cemetery.

 

Woodlawn Memorial Park

400 Woodlawn Cemetery Road

Gotha, Florida

 Tampa FO received a very nice tribute to Tim from the Charlotte FO, where Tim served as the Charlotte FO’s UPM:

 

Charlotte FO personnel are extremely saddened by Tim’s passing. He was our UPM a couple years back and I can’t tell you how beneficial it was to have him in that capacity. I only spoke with him over the phone and unfortunately never met him in person; however, he was always – always at a high level of excitement and had a great tenacity and knowledge for the job. We were successful and enjoyed this success because of his efforts. He treated every case like it was his own. I wish I knew him better because providing his work product is nowhere near the overall person he was.

 



[October 07, 2015] Sad News: Passing of Rick Schmidt

 

After a valiant fight against pancreatic cancer, Rick Schmidt passed away on October 1st, 2015. Like every other challenge he encountered, he gave it hell.  You knew him as a special agent; a defining part of his personality, joy and legacy. In addition to following his beloved Chicago Bears, Rick spent his post-retirement years as a Texas rancher, die-hard Longhorn fan and contractor analyst for DEA. To all of his colleagues, we thank you for contributing to his passion for life and law enforcement. His happiest and most proud memories involved breaking down doors and drinking beers with the CID family.  Here's to one heck of a Director of Investigations, Special Agent in Charge, mentor, father, husband and friend. 

 

He will be missed by his wife Kara and his loving daughters Christine, Jennifer, Kimberly, Ann and Laura.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Lustgarten Foundation or the ASPCA.  Notes of condolence should be sent to Kara Schmidt, P.O. Box 753, Georgetown, Texas 78627.



[October 01, 2015] 3rd Annual Randy Gregory Softball Tourney Flyer - Oct 3, 2015

Hi all – our sincerest apologies, but we won’t be holding the softball tournament on Saturday, October 3rd.   Despite Randy’s strong desire to see everyone, he’s not feeling up for the long trip/layover from San Diego.  In addition to the long flight, the damp weather would be detrimental to his health.  And then there’s Hurricane Joaquin…..who is wreaking havoc with the weather, the softball fields, and everything else. 

 

We’ll track & donate the money we’ve received to date (& going forward) to Randy.  However, if you’d like all or part of your donation returned, please contact Kathy or me (whichever one you donated to), and we’ll return it. 

 

We’ve not yet come up with a plan B, but we’ll talk to Randy & Patti and keep you posted for future events. 

 

Patti & Randy wanted us to thank all of you for your continuing help in fighting  ALS, your ongoing prayers and support, and your generous donations. 

 

Thanks

 

Laurie A. Bender

Sr. Special Investigator

Dept. of Justice - Criminal Division 

             Asset Forfeiture Money Laundering Section



[September 16, 2015] Sad News: Passing of Tiberino-Ernest



[September 15, 2015] Sad News: Passing of Jose Ismael Marrero

In Memory of

Jose Ismael Marrero

 

February 20, 1954 - August 20, 2015

Obituary

 

On the morning of August 20, 2015, José Ismael "Tito" Marrero, 61, of Pompano Beach died after a years-long battle with cancer. He spent his final days at home, as he spent his life, surrounded by family. Born February 20, 1954, in Utuado, Puerto Rico to Carlos Manuel Marrero and Alba Luz Malaret, José is survived by the love of his life, his wife Virginia Marrero Cortés, his son José Miguel and wife Alexa, his daughter Dee-Ana and husband Nick, his granddaughter Addison, both his parents, his brother Carlos, his sisters Alba and Lillian, and a community of friends and family that stretches across continents and reflects José's profound influence on all those whose lives he touched.

 

José attended the University of Arizona and the University of Texas at El Paso in the early 1970s before earning his BBA from InterAmerican University in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico.

 

In 1975 José began his Internal Revenue Service career as a taxpayer service representative in Puerto Rico. He became a revenue agent in New Orleans in 1977, and became a special agent in 1979. He held positions of increasing responsibility as group manager in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Denver, Colorado; senior regional analyst in Dallas, Texas; and Chief, Criminal Investigation Division in Jackson, Mississippi, St. Paul, Minnesota and Plantation, Florida. In April 2003, José was selected as the Deputy Director of Strategy at Headquarters in Washington, DC. José retired from government service on May 1, 2004, after 30 years with the IRS.

 

During his tenure with the IRS, José became the highest-ranking Hispanic in Criminal Investigation (Chief/SAIC) after his appointment as Chief in Jackson, Mississippi in October 1989 as well as the first Hispanic Special Agent In Charge and the first Hispanic Deputy Director of Strategy in the history of the Internal Revenue Service. He served on Internal Revenue Service committees and various task forces including the Southeast Regional Compliance Council, the Hispanic Employment Program, and was the Hispanic Internal Revenue Employees Chapter President in St. Paul, Minnesota. He was voted the Criminal Investigation Chief of the year for Mid-states Region in 1995 and EEO Manager of the Year in the North Central District for 1997. In 2002 José was selected as the Special Agent in Charge of the Year.

 

After retiring from the IRS, José worked in the private sector and was a founding partner of The MRW Consulting Group, LLP before finally forming JMPA Consulting and Advisory with his partner and former colleague Scott Rebein.

 

José's professional accomplishments were matched by enthusiastic personal and community pursuits. He loved to golf – especially with his best friend Manny and nephew Jan. He would be easy to spot on the golf course, as he would likely be wearing something purple in honor of his all-time favorite team, the Minnesota Vikings. He also loved games of chance, and whether by luck or by skill, he fared remarkably well at the 3-card poker table. A lover of all forms of entertainment, he was equally likely to be found besting his son, Miguel at a game of Rainbow Six on his Xbox or binge watching a new TV show with his daughter, Dee. The Marreros used technology to bind their tight-knit family, sending thousands of emoji-filled text messages to share a joke, provide updates on work or family, or just to feel closer from across the country. True to his Caribbean roots, José loved nothing more than to bring his family together on a cruise ship where they would enjoy tropical weather, lavish meals, exciting excursions, and most of all the joy of uninterrupted time together.

 

His commitment to community extended even beyond his own Puerto Rican heritage: José was a proud member of the Italian-American Civic League of Fort Lauderdale, a Knight of the 4th Degree in the Knights of Columbus, and a member of the Lions Clubs International of Lino Lakes, Minnesota. He spent much of his free time doing pro bono work for his church and volunteering his time and services to Habitat for Humanity in Broward. He also was a sponsor of their Youth Program Field Day for many years.

 

One of José's passions was his time spent with the Association of Former Special Agents of the Internal Revenue Service (AFSA). He served as the Committee Chairperson for the Investigative Seminar from 2005-2014, 2nd Vice President in 2007-2008, Vice President/President Elect in 2009-2010 and as President from 2011 to 2012. He was both honored and humbled to work with his peers in this capacity and thoroughly enjoyed the annual conventions he attended with his wife, Virgie.

 

José, known to his son as 'Pop' and his daughter as 'Daddy', loved to laugh and to make others laugh. Rarely could one find him upset or angry for anything longer than a moment. He was generous with his time and resources, and he welcomed others into his life and his home. He was a mentor and leader. He was a family man and a consummate professional. He was a hero to more people than he ever realized.

 

The memorial service for José will be held at Saint Vincent Catholic Church on Saturday, October 3, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. The church is located at 6350 NW 18th Street, Margate, FL 33063. For questions or directions, contact the church at (954) 972-0434.

 

Those wishing to show their support may consider a contribution to the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center in acknowledgement of the tireless care given to José by Dr. Denise Pereira, Michelle Sapp, DNP, ARNP, BC and Michelle Charlow and the vital work being done there in the fight against cancer. http://sylvester.org/community/giving/make-a-gift-today No flowers please.

 

"It is a grand mistake to think of being great without goodness and I pronounce it as certain that there was never a truly great man that was not at the same time truly virtuous." -Benjamin Franklin



[September 01, 2015] Sad News: Passing of Jose Ismael Marrero It is with deep sadness that AFSA-IRS announces the death of Jose Ismael Marrero. Retired SAC José I. Marrero passed away on August 20, 2015. José retired on May 1, 2004 after 30 years of IRS service, 24 ½ with CI.

 

It is with deep sadness that AFSA-IRS announces the death of Jose Ismael Marrero.

Retired SAC José I. Marrero passed away on August 20, 2015. José retired on May 1, 2004 after 30 years of IRS service, 24 ½ with CI. He began his IRS career in 1975 as a taxpayer service representative in Puerto Rico.  José became a revenue agent in 1977 in New Orleans and became a special agent in 1979.  He held positions as a group manager in Cheyenne, WY, Denver, CO and Jackson, MS; was a senior regional analyst in Dallas, TX; and was the Chief/Special Agent in Charge in St. Paul, MN and Plantation, FL.  In April 2003, José was selected as the Deputy Director of Strategy at Headquarters. After retiring from CI, Mr. Marrero started his own consulting company in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

 

Jose joined AFSA-IRS in 2004, and was very active serving as Board Member in various capacities.  He became Regional Director in 2006, 2nd VP in 2007, VP/President Elect in 2009.  He served as President in 2011 and 2012 and continued on the Board as Immediate Past President in 2013 and 2014.  Jose was the AFSA – IRS Convention Host in 2013.  Additionally, he was the Committee Chairperson for the Investigative Seminars from 2005 – 2014.

 

Please join the Marrero Family for a Memorial Service in Memory of a Wonderful Man Jose Ismael Marrero.

 

Date:    Saturday, October 3, 2015

Time:    11:00 am

Place:   Saint Vincent Catholic Church

            6350 NW 18th Street

            Margate, FL 33063

 

 

Jim Meyers has identified a Marriott Town House Suites Hotel in Pompano Beach.  The hotel appears to be very easily reached as you travel South bound on I-95.  You will need to use exit 32-proceed South on the frontage road and go West/left onto West Commercial Blvd-turn right/North onto NW 31st Ave. 

 

The senior rate for a Friday 10/2 arrival is $88+ tax.  A studio/full kitchen-comp breakfast, queen bedroom allows a cancellation 24 hours prior to arrival.   Check-in is 3:00 PM

 

Hotel specs re Jose’s Memorial-The Marriott Town House Suites Ft. Lauderdale West is located @ 3100 West Prospect Rd, phone # (954) 484-2214.

 



[September 01, 2015] Sad News: Passing of Karl Von Lipsey, Sr.



[September 01, 2015] Sad News: Passing of Karl Von Lipsey, Sr.



[July 30, 2015] Sad News: Passing of William Gary Gourley

William Gary Gourley, 73, of Paducah died on Sunday, July, 26, 2015 at Lourdes Hospital in Paducah.

Mr. Gourley was a retired US Treasury Agent and a member of Brookport First Christian Church.

Surviving is his wife, Mary Ruth Gourley of Paducah; on son, David William Gourley of Gainesville, VA; one daughter, Kelly Lynne Bornefeld of Hendersonville, TN; and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Winifred Holland Gourley and Freda Wilma Gourley.

Memorial services will be at 2:00pm on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at Lindsey Funeral Home with the Rev. Tommy Tucker and the Rev. Tom Hughes officiating.

Friends may call from 12:00pm to service hour on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of Paducah at 2890 Broadway St. Paducah, 42001 or McCracken County Humane Society of 4000 Coleman Rd. Paducah, KY 42001.

Lindsey Funeral Home of Paducah is in charge of arrangements.



[July 14, 2015] Sad News: Passing of Joe Flanagan

Joe Flanagan was a Special Agent and SSA in Miami, Florida for many years. Joe died on Sunday, July 12, 2015.  Anyone desiring to send a note of condolence should send it to Joe's widow, Bonnie Flanagan, 9812 S.W. 77 Place, Miami, FL 33156. The business address in the AFSA directory is an old office address.

 

Joe's Memorial Service and burial will be at the Caballero-Woodlawn Funeral Home at Woodlawn South Cemetery, 11655 SW 117 Ave, Miami, FL. on Friday July 17, Viewing @ 9AM; Service @ 11AM; Burial @ Noon. In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations in Joe's memory to either the Diabetes Society or the Wounded Warrior Project. Please pass the word to anyone who may have known Joe. 



[July 07, 2015] Sad News: Passing of Pota Coston, AFSA-IRS Member

COUNTY COMMISSIONER POTA COSTON DIES AFTER MONTHS LONG BATTLE WITH CANCER

            FAYETTE NEWS COMMUNITY, FAYETTE COUNTY, NEWS, TOP STORIES, TYRONE JULY 3, 2015

 

Fayette County News has confirmed that Fayette County Commission Vice-Chair Pota Coston died today as a result of a months long battle with breast cancer.

Coston has the distinction of having been the first black candidate to serve on the Fayette County Board of Commissioners when she was sworn in this January.

Coston has been married 33 years to her husband Bernard Coston. They have one son, Bernie.

A prayer vigil to honor Coston was held Thursday night. Click here to read our coverage of the vigil, which was heavily attended and featured more than 20 speakers who were glowing in their praise for Coston.

Fayette County Administrator Steve Rapson confirmed the news, saying Coston’s husband, Bernard, had informed County Chairman Charles Oddo of her death.

“It’s a sad day for Fayette County,” Rapson said.

 

Pota Coston changed local history this year. On Jan. 2, she was sworn in as the first African-American woman elected to the Fayette County Commission. But this is just the latest in an amazing string of firsts for Pota. Her accomplishments span an astounding federal government career, and many suspect she has a few more firsts yet to come.

Pota grew up in Elkins, W. Va., a small town with an even smaller African-American population, and she credits her upbringing for her strong sense of community and foundation of core values. Her mother was the owner and operator of a hair salon, and her father worked for the phone company. Pota was a member of student council and National Honor Society, and was head cheerleader in high school.

“Living in such a small town, you had to learn to get along with different types of people,” Pota explains. “It was a close-knit community. Everyone knew each other, and we were always welcome in one another’s homes.”

In 1976, Pota began classes at Marshall University, which was still grieving after losing its football team in a plane crash in 1970. She was well on her way to a degree in criminal justice when she was approached about a very unusual internship opportunity. The IRS’ Criminal Investigation division wanted to offer her a student co-op position: She would finish her degree while beginning a career in federal law enforcement. Accepting the position would mean she would have a career path after graduation, but she’d have to add a whopping 24 hours – nine in business and 15 in pure accounting – to her studies.

It would also mean blazing a serious trail. Although the federal government was then in the midst of a major initiative to recruit more women and minorities, the IRS, and particularly its prestigious criminal investigation unit, were still almost exclusively white and male. But Pota, always interested in a challenge, was intrigued. In 1979, she began her new coursework and her co-op position. As expected, it wasn’t always easy.

“It was tough at times,” she admits. “They didn’t know how to work with a woman, and they didn’t want to train me because they didn’t think I’d stick with it. It took a lot of work to prove I was serious. Once I became an agent, I attended conferences and began building a network, and then I had resources, but it was very difficult at first.

“In fact, one of the main reasons I accepted management positions later on was so that I could make sure new agents didn’t have to go through some of the struggles I experienced.”

 

Despite the pressures and doubt surrounding her, Pota succeeded beautifully and began her field work after graduation. In 1981, she broke two barriers when she became the first African American and the first female special agent in the state of West Virginia. In 1988, she was promoted to a manager role and moved to Detroit, becoming the first female manager for the Detroit field office, which encompassed 12 working groups throughout the state.

“She was my very first supervisor in the organization,” explains Veronica Hyman-Pillot, Pota’s friend and former employee, “and she was such an inspiration. Over the years, she’s served as an incredible mentor for young people from all walks of life. She’s very compassionate and she has a real eye for seeing people’s talents and abilities – and for helping them find their areas of weakness and turn them into strengths. She inspired me to pursue my goals, and I wouldn’t have achieved my level of success in the organization without her influence.”

Just two years later, Pota was assigned to a regional analyst post in Atlanta, then returned to Detroit as branch chief in 1993. That position now goes by the more familiar title of Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC), and is every bit as demanding and prestigious as it sounds.

Not only was Pota the first female ASAC in Detroit, she subsequently became the first African American in the country to be named Branch Chief of the Year. She was promoted again in 1998, this time to division chief, which is now titled Special Agent in Charge. This was an incredibly rare feat for a woman or a minority. Her new role was located in the New Orleans Field Office, one of the most challenging in the nation. Her territory covered the states of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, but also spanned eight U. S. Attorney’s offices.

Once again, however, Pota shone. She was recognized as Chief of the Year and was the first African – American woman to receive such recognition.

Despite her incredibly demanding career and groundbreaking rise through federal government ranks, Pota always made sure to be there for her family. She has one son, Bernie, and cites her husband, Bernard, as a major inspiration in her life.

 

 “When I look back on my wife’s career,” says Bernard, “one thing I can absolutely, positively say is that she was always willing to take risks – from taking those accounting classes in college to all her career moves. Every step along the way was a step into the unknown.

But we always maintained a solid faith, and our mantra throughout all the moves was ‘home is where you’re at,’ meaning that, as long as the family was together, we were home. That kept us grounded.”

In 2000, the family moved to Washington D.C. when Pota was selected to be deputy director for the new Office of Strategy. Her division was responsible for human resources, training, finance, and information technology nationwide as well as divisional review, strategic planning, and more. Under her guidance, her division became one of the first in IRS to use online job applications and an early adopter of knowledge management databases. She achieved the federal government’s highest rank when she became director of strategy and only the second African American female promoted into the senior executive service with the IRS, Criminal Investigation Division.

When an opportunity as Director of Field Operation for the Southeast Area opened up in 2004, the Coston family returned to the Atlanta area. They had loved it before and wanted to be closer to family in Tallahassee.

“We were looking for some place close to the airport,” says Pota of their move to Fayette County. “My position required about 80 percent travel, and I didn’t want to spend even more time traveling back and forth to the airport. Tyrone reminded me immediately of home, and we knew it was where we wanted to be. We love it.”

For the last four years of her federal career, Pota was responsible for the field operations of 12 states plus Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. She retired from the IRS in 2008 and did what anyone with her kind of drive might be expected to do; she asked, “Okay, now what?”

The answer was community involvement and volunteer work. Already a member of both the Women in Federal Law Enforcement and the National Association of Retired Special Agents, she joined a staggering number of local organizations, including the Fayette Chamber, Fayette County Ethics Board, Fayette FACTOR, Tyrone Founders Day Committee, and Women Working Wonders. She even launched an LLC devoted to teaching college students interview techniques, how to navigate through a corporate culture, and how to find a mentor. And then she discovered that the Association of Village PRIDE, Inc. (AVPRIDE), a Fayette organization specializing in leadership development for teens and young adults, was searching for a director of career exploration. She applied and, unsurprisingly, landed the job.

 

 “She just blew me away,” says Pam Reid, director of AVPRIDE. “Not only her experience, which is tremendous, but the heart she has for community and youth.”

In her new role, Pota had a chance to help teens obtain internships, establish mentors, and explore different fields of work. She set up mock interviews and connected participants with attorneys, the FAA, medical professionals, theatre organizations, and veterinarians – virtually anyone who might help guide the youths in pursuing their careers of interest. Eventually, she became the director of AVPRIDE’s workforce development program, which provides tutoring as well as courses and experiential learning in life skills and leadership. She continues to serve as a consultant in that role today.

Then, as the 2011 Tyrone Town Council elections began to gear up, a new challenge crossed Pota’s horizon when a friend asked if she’d considered running. Pota was surprised, but intrigued. The Hatch Act prohibits federal employees from holding elected office, so she’d literally never considered the idea. But once she started thinking about it and talking to the important people in her life, interest began to take hold. After all, she was active in her sorority in college and remains so as an alum, and one of Delta Sigma Theta’s very first official acts was to participate in the women’s suffrage march and remains strong in the area of social action. So she campaigned again for Town Council and came in only 300 votes short, an impressive showing for a relative newcomer. When a seat came open again in 2013, she ran again, but lost by a tiny margin: six votes. For someone so committed to community improvement, it was a disappointment, certainly, but Pota’s positive outlook remained.

 

 “Pota’s fortitude has always amazed me,” says Bernard. “Not only throughout her career with the IRS and all of her challenges there, but during the elections. She always took the high road and she never gave up, even though it was discouraging sometimes, especially when she came so close.”

Perhaps everything really does happen for a reason, however, because people soon began calling Pota to encourage her to run for the open spot on the Fayette County Commission. She wasn’t entirely sure she was ready to face another campaign, but she talked to her husband and prayed for guidance. And she kept getting calls of encouragement. Last fall, she ran and won. She was sworn into her new office on January 2, 2015. Those around her are elated.

“I watched the campaign from beginning to end,” recalls Pam. “I was out there with her on corners, holding signs and waving at people, and I just remember thinking, ‘Gosh, she has such passion for positive change.’ I knew that if anyone should have this opportunity it was Pota, and I was thrilled when she won. I think she’s going to do wonderful things.”

Her husband agrees, and he’s confident that Pota can make a difference in Fayette County.

“She’s always been a leader, a visionary, and willing to work with all people,” says Bernard. “Sometimes politicians will tell you what you want to hear, but Pota will not tell you ‘yes’ or ‘no’ until she has done her research, understands the issue, and determines the best solution. People should realize that she is extremely approachable and wants to hear their concerns. She is willing to serve and represent all residents in Fayette County.”

Pota, herself, has a clear vision for Fayette’s future.

 

 “Fayette County has tremendous potential,” she says. “We need to develop a plan to grow our economy, attract and keep our young people here, obtain gainful employment, provide opportunities for our senior citizens, and make Fayette County the best place for people to live, work, and play. I want to make a difference, but it’s going to take all of us working together. We need to hear from all segments of the community, from people with different backgrounds and experiences. The Fayette Visioning Initiative is an excellent start to move us forward. My main goal is for everyone in Fayette County to experience an exceptional quality of life.

“I see myself as a bridge-builder, a servant-leader,” she notes. “I’m a person who genuinely cares, and I truly, truly believe in working together. I always have.”



[June 25, 2015] Sad News: Passing of AFSA-IRS Member Russell T. DiBella

 

Russell T. DiBella

 

Russell T. DiBella passed peacefully at home from this life into eternal life on Father's Day, June 21st, 2015. Some say that when a Dad passes away on Father's Day, there are special gifts waiting for him in heaven.

 

Russell was a wonderful and loving husband and provider to his wife of 58 years, Mary (McGivern) DiBella, his five children, Diane (Jim) Hanna, Carole (Keith) Herndon, Kathleen (Gerald) Tower, Russell C (Kelley) DiBella, Michael (Gretchen) DiBella, 13 grandchildren, one great grandchild with another on the way, and his sisters Marie Schoedler and Delores (Joe) DelGross.

 

Russell was a graduate of North East Catholic High and LaSalle University where he studied accounting. He served in the United States Navy on the USS Wisconsin during the Korean War where was a member of the Navy Band.

 

Russell had long and successful career in Law Enforcement as a Special Agent with the Treasury Department, Division of Criminal Investigation. He spent a brief time with the Secret Service on special assignment protecting Spiro T. Agnew. After retiring from the Treasury Department, he spent 10 years working for the State of NJ, Attorney General's Office. Upon retiring from the State AG's Office he worked for the FBI as a background investigator.

 

Russell had a love for music and was an accomplished piano player. During his time in the Naval Band, Russell made an appearance on the Ed Sullivan "Toast of the Town" Show in September of 1955. Russell was an active member of Holy Eucharistic Church in Tabernacle, NJ serving as a Eucharistic Minister as well as in the Knights of Columbus.  Russell loved his cats, traveling, sports, especially the Eagles, ice cream, the shore, dining out and entertaining. However, what he loved most was spending time with his family.

 

Relatives and friends are invited to gather on Wednesday June 24, 2015 from 6-8PM and again on Thursday June 25, 2015 from 10-11AM at Church of the Holy Eucharist, 520 Medford Lakes Rd. Tabernacle, NJ 08088. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11AM. Interment to follow at Brig. Gen. Wm. C. Doyle Veterans Cemetery, Wrightstown, NJ. Arrangements are under the direction of and have been entrusted to Mathis Funeral Home, Medford, NJ.

 

 



[June 19, 2015] CI & Friends Golf Outing

8:00 a.m. Shot Gun Start

Prince Williams Golf Course

Nokesville, VA

Four-Person Scramble - Enter your team or as a single,  and we'll get you a team!  

Contact 

Cheryl.Hayes@ci.irs.gov



[June 12, 2015] Sad News: Passing of George J. Kurvers

Kurvers, George J. Passed away peacefully on April 28, 2015 at the age of 99. George was a native of Carver but grew up in Shakopee and graduated in 1939 from the College of St. Thomas with an accounting major. After he graduated from St. Thomas he went to work for Butler Bros., an iron mining company, but left after World War II broke out. Kurvers tried to get through the Navy's officer training program at Notre Dame University, but a knee injury he suffered from football sophomore year at St. Thomas resulted in a medical discharge in 1942. After this, George joined the service Intelligence Division of the IRS which he worked until he retired in July of '73. He was only retired for a few months before he joined the Minnesota Board on Judicial Standards in which he worked until his final retirement on July 1, 1984 as executive secretary ending a 40 year investigative career. Survived by wife of 65 years, Geraldine (Veigel); daughters, Deborah (Michael) Flanagan & Georgine (George) Larson; grandchildren, Michaela & Kristin Flanagan and Chelsea (Ian) Payne & Kallie Larson. Memorial Mass 10AM, Friday, May 1st at The Church of St. John Neumann, 4030 Pilot Knob Rd., Eagan. Gathering of Family & Friends 1 hour prior to the Mass at church. Memorials preferred to St. Thomas University. Klecatsky & Sons Eagan Chapel 651-454-9488

Published on April 30, 2015

 



[June 12, 2015] Sad News: Passing of LUNDQUIST, James Oliver

 

Lundquist, James Oliver Surrounded by his loving family, was taken home to be with the Lord on May 13th, 2015. He was born in Watertown, South Dakota on July 2, 1924. He grew up in Dawson, Mn and Mpls. He served in the U.S. Army in WWII, in both the European and Japanese theaters. When he returned to Minneapolis after the war he attended the University of Minnesota and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting. He married Phyllis Rice on November 9, 1946. After graduating from the U of M, he accepted a position with the Internal Revenue Service. He served as a criminal investigator in the Intelligence Division of the Treasury Dept. He was active in bringing syndicated crime under control in Minneapolis and St. Paul, and retired after a very successful career in criminal investigation. He enjoyed family, many friends, world wide traveling with Phyllis, golf and dancing. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis; daughters, Lou Ellen (George) Gilbertson, Diane (Bruce) Berndt, Jeanne (Paul) Zimmer, Patricia Lundquist; son, James (Dawn) Lundquist; grandchildren, Vanessa Pechacek, Kirsten Prouty, Rachel Odland, Michael Kadier, Sean Lundquist, Conor Lundquist, Katy Lundquist and 9 great grandchildren. Funeral service Monday, May 18th, 2:00 P.M. at Normandale Lutheran Church, 6100 Normandale Road, Edina, MN.

 

 



[June 12, 2015] Sad News: Passing of Robert E. "Bob" Chandler, Jr

 

Robert E. "Bob" Chandler, Jr.

 

Robert E. "Bob" Chandler, Jr., 89, passed away on March 24, 2015 following complications from surgery. He was born on November 28, 1925 in Yakima, WA. He attended local public schools in Yakima while enjoying hunting, fishing and the many other outdoor activities available in the rural Yakima Valley in the 1930's and 1940's. During the years of his youth, Bob developed a strong sense of fairness, conservation, self-reliance and numerous life-long friends. Upon graduation from Yakima High School in 1943, Bob joined millions of other men and women, from America's Greatest Generation, by enlisting in the Armed Forces. After training as a Military Policeman, Bob was stationed in the South Pacific until well after cessation of combat operations. Bob mustered out in early 1946 with an honorable discharge.

 

Bob took advantage of the GI bill by attending Seattle University majoring in Accounting. While at Seattle U, he was introduced to Ann Egeland by a mutual friend. Bob and Ann were subsequently married on January 16, 1954. Bob and Ann chose the developing area of Edmonds as their new home. Together they had two boys, first, Mark, then Stephen.

 

In 1952, Bob went to work for the Internal Revenue Service as a Revenue Collection Officer. Later he made a career move into the Criminal Investigation Division, becoming a Special Agent for the majority of his career. During the 1950's, 60's and 70's Bob conducted investigations into white collar crime, political corruption, rackets, police corruption and illegal narcotics trafficking. Because of his law enforcement experience, confidence, demeanor and professionalism, Bob was the consummate role model for younger agents. Bob can be summed up with one word-"integrity".

 

Following mandatory law enforcement retirement, Bob became actively involved in real estate property management for many years. He enjoyed sport fishing, and looked forward to his yearly bird and duck hunting trips with his life-long friends and dogs in Eastern Washington.

 

Sadly, Mark was stricken with ALS in 2003. Bob was actively involved in the daily care of his oldest son until Mark's passing in 2006 Bob is survived by his wife Ann, his son Stephen, his brother, Dick, two granddaughters, Sam and Alex, two nieces Caren and Cathy and nephew, Jeff.

 



[June 12, 2015] Sad News: Passing of Ronald L. Zabel

 

RONALD L. ZABEL, 83 PEORIA - Ronald L. Zabel, 83, of Peoria, IL, formerly of Davis, IL and Berwyn, IL, passed away at 12:30 a.m. Friday, May 22, 2015, at Bickford Senior Living, Peoria. He was born October 28, 1931, in Chicago, IL to William F. and Jessie (Dennison) Zabel. He married Marilyn M. Eagleton on June 25, 1960, in Fieldon, IL. She survives. Also surviving are children, Lorena (Allen) Smuda of Willow Springs, IL and Lisa (Scott) Herman of Germantown Hills, IL; and grandchildren, Kevin and Kyle Smuda, and Brad, Lindsay and Cory Herman. He was preceded in death by his parents. Ron served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He worked for the Internal Revenue Service Chicago office as an investigator, retiring after 25 years. Ron was an avid reader, traveler, and lover of crossword puzzles, card games and Jeopardy. He was brilliant and meticulous with details. Ron spent his retirement years with his wife, Marilyn, at their lake house in Davis, IL playing golf, boating, traveling and enjoying his grandchildren. He was a wonderful provider and a loyal son, nephew, husband, father and grandfather. A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 30, 2015, at Mason Funeral Home Germantown Hills Chapel, with Pastor Joel Dryden officiating. Cremation rites will be accorded. Burial of ashes will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Alzheimer's Association Central Illinois Chapter, 612 West Glen Avenue, Peoria, IL 61614. Online condolences at masonfuneralhomes.com. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/rrstar/obituary.aspx?pid=174920505#sthash.RwM91rWe.dpuf



[June 08, 2015] In Another Place and Time by: Robert Holm

 

AFSA Member Robert Holm has published a book:

"In Another Place and Time: My 31 Months in Vietnam" The book  can be purchased on Amazon for $39.95, or as a Kindle version for $9.99.  I am also selling the books direct for $24.95 (includes tax and shipping in the continental U.S.). Payment can be made through Pay Pal, by check, or cash.  If you would like to purchase direct, please contact me at:

Email:  vietnam.marine@gmail.com

Email:  rcholm@gmail.com

Cell:     (623) 313-8511

 

 



[April 29, 2015] T-Men Mob Museum (link to video presentation)

 

https://youtu.be/VZQLONOiJjY

 

 



[March 27, 2015] Mysterious Mike Malone

 By DAVID PORTER, Associated Press

MOUNTAINSIDE, N.J. (AP) — The gun is a triumph of American craftsmanship from the early 20th century, its sleek barrel familiar to anyone raised on the movies of Bogart and Cagney, "Scarface" and "Little Caesar."

Except this Smith & Wesson .38 special has real-life stories to tell, stories of America's most legendary mobster and the undercover agent who was instrumental in toppling him when so many others had failed.

Stored for decades in attics, closets and a bank safe-deposit box in New Jersey, the gun belonging to former IRS agent Michael Malone — and possibly used by members of Al Capone's gang — is headed to Las Vegas, where it will be part of an the exhibit at The Mob Museum beginning in mid-April.

 

More than a lifeless artifact, the gun also represents a young man's quest to learn more about a mysterious relative, and an effort by an often-forgotten arm of the government to shed more light on the men behind the arrest and prosecution of Capone.

"Michael Malone was, I believe, the greatest undercover agent in the history of law enforcement," said Paul Camacho, a former head of IRS criminal investigations in Las Vegas and an unofficial agency historian. "This was the riskiest assignment you could ever think of. People were dying left and right, witnesses were dying left and right. Nobody wanted to be with these guys."

Malone infiltrated Capone's gang and worked undercover for nearly three years, Camacho said, passing himself off as a wiseguy from Philadelphia who had migrated to Chicago. He gained the mobster's trust to the point that he was invited to a going away party when it appeared Capone was going to plead guilty in exchange for a reduced sentence.

Capone eventually was convicted on tax charges and sentenced to prison, a fact well-known to mob historians and the general public. IRS investigators, known then as "T-Men" for their affiliation with the U.S. Treasury Department, feel their contributions have been given short shrift over the years.

Part of that may be due to the 1987 movie "The Untouchables," which credited Prohibition agent Eliot Ness with orchestrating Capone's downfall. Sean Connery's character, Jimmy Malone, was loosely based on Michael Malone but was a Chicago police officer in the film.

"The real story of Mike Malone hasn't been told," said Jonathan Larsen, head of IRS criminal investigations in New Jersey, whose office is overseeing the examination of the gun and its transport to Nevada.

Growing up in northern New Jersey in the 1950s, Marty Dolan often wondered about the great-uncle who would always come to visit dressed in a fedora and overcoat and who never shared much about his past or present. After Malone's death in Minnesota in 1960, Dolan, now a doctor in California, slowly began to fill in the gaps.

The gun — found under Malone's pillow after he died, according to Dolan's mother — was among Malone's effects stored in various family residences in New Jersey before. They ended up on a shelf in a closet at Dolan's sister's house on Long Beach Island.

A few years ago, after researching Malone on the Internet, Dolan realized the gun was a key piece of history.

That view was shared by Geoff Schumacher, the Mob Museum's director of content, who will include the gun in an exhibit called "Follow The Money" dedicated to the T-Men and their conquests.

"When we learned there was something tangible like a gun, rather than paperwork, that we could put on display, we were excited," he said.

IRS officials say the gun wasn't Malone's service weapon, and Schumacher said he's assuming it was used by Malone while undercover. Whether it came from Capone's organization could be answered if ATF agents can raise the gun's filed-off serial number, Larsen said.

That would provide another clue to a man a colleague once referred to as "the mysterious Mike Malone."



[March 23, 2015] THURSDAY, APRIL 16: FOLLOW THE MONEY, THE UNSUNG INTELLIGENCE UNIT THAT BROUGHT DOWN THE MOB

Here is the link summarizing the event for the grand opening of the TMEN exhibit at the Mob Museum.   

http://themobmuseum.org/archives/2015/01/04/thursday-april-16-follow-the-money-a-look-at-the-irs-unit-responsible-for-busting-mobsters/

 

 

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 16: FOLLOW THE MONEY, THE UNSUNG INTELLIGENCE UNIT THAT BROUGHT DOWN THE MOB

Cost of the evening is $25 with 10% discount for Museum Members.

 

WHO PUT AMERICA’S MOST NOTORIOUS MOBSTERS BEHIND BARS?

ANSWER: THE INVESTIGATIVE SLEUTHS OF THE IRS.

 

These Treasury Department agents or T-Men, under the leadership of Director Elmer Irey, quietly built tax evasion charges  against the likes of mobsters Al Capone, Nucky Johnson, Waxey Gordon and Dutch Schultz; public official Huey Long and businessman Moses Annenberg. While the G-Men garnered the headlines and lunchboxes, the T-Men put some of the biggest mobsters and corrupt politicians behind bars. The Treasury Department’s Special Intelligence Unit pursued organized crime bosses and other criminals for not paying taxes on their ill-gotten gains — and their record of success was astonishing.

The Intelligence Unit’s key figures, especially Irey, Frank Wilson and Mike Malone, deserve more fame for their financial sleuthing skills. And even today, the IRS Criminal Investigation division continues to be an effective force in the fight against organized crime.

A panel of nationally known Justice Department and IRS Criminal Investigation experts will share the insider’s story behind the scenes on how Irey’s team was responsible for busting numerous mobsters and others in the public eye. The panel will include:

            Tom Moriarty, special investigator with the Department of Justice United States Attorney’s Office

            Rich Weber, chief of IRS Criminal Investigation, Washington, D.C.

            Paul Camacho, former IRS criminal investigator, Las Vegas

            Geoff Schumacher, moderator

BACKGROUND ON INTELLIGENCE UNIT 

The IRS created the Intelligence Unit in 1919 to investigate widespread allegations of tax fraud. Elmer Irey was put in charge, and he transferred six Postal Service inspectors to create the new unit. In 1978, the Intelligence Unit’s name changed to Criminal Investigation.

The Intelligence Unit’s efforts were given a boost in 1927, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a criminal’s ill-gotten gains could be taxed. This opened the door for prosecution of the likes of Mob bosses, business schemers and corrupt politicians on tax evasion charges. The court’s majority opinion was written by Oliver Wendell Holmes.

Other big T-Men cases:

            Kansas City political boss Tom Pendergast

            Louisiana Governor Huey Long

            Charles Lindbergh baby kidnapping

            Businessman Moe Annenberg

            New York mobster Dutch Schultz

            Chicago mobster Frank Nitti

            Chicago mobster Johnny Torrio

            Chicago mobster Ralph Capone

            Chicago mobster Murray Humphreys

            St. Paul mobster Leon Gleckman

 

The Mob Museum is planning a new exhibit on third floor featuring artifacts from the families of T-Men legends Elmer Irey and Mike Malone, as well as detailed storytelling about the achievements of the Treasury Department’s Intelligence Unit. The exhibit also will include information on how the IRS investigative unit helped solve the kidnapping of the son of Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh.

PANELISTS

 

Thomas C. Moriarty, special investigator with the Department of Justice United States Attorney’s Office

Since 2003, Moriarty has been assigned as the special investigator for the United States Attorney’s Office in Chicago. Moriarty’s duties are to investigate complex criminal financial crimes including money laundering, terror financing and asset forfeiture cases. Prior to this, for over 25 years, he was a special agent with the Criminal Investigation Division of the IRS. He has been assigned to the Organized Crime Program his entire career. Moriarty was also the organized crime special agent assigned to the United States Attorney’s Office and has been the lead investigative agent on numerous O.C. investigations. He was the lead case agent on the most successful O.C. case ever prosecuted in Northern Illinois.

A cadre instructor who has taught over 1,000 federal and local law enforcement personnel both locally and at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, at the FBI academy and Northwestern University, Moriarty has also taught hundreds of business professional about financial investigations.

During his career he has received many awards including IRS Criminal Investigation “Special Agent of the Year”, finalist for Federal Law Enforcement Agent of the Year, Chicago Crime Commission Federal Agent of the Year, Illinois State Crime Commission Federal Agent of the Year and was the subject interviewee on the NBC news magazine program Dateline about his activities in combating organized crime. He also has appeared on the Discovery Channel about his experiences with the Federal Witness Protection Program. Moriarty has a degree in finance and is a certified fraud examiner.

 

Richard Weber, Chief, IRS Criminal Investigation, Washington, D.C.

As Chief, IRS Criminal Investigation, Richard Weber heads the Internal Revenue Service Division responsible for investigating criminal violations of the tax code and related financial crimes. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., Weber oversees a worldwide staff of nearly 3,500 CI employees, including approximately 2,500 special agents, who are responsible for investigating crimes involving tax, money laundering, public corruption, cyber, ID theft, narcotics and terrorist-financing.

Before joining IRS CI, Weber was the deputy chief of the Investigation Division and chief of the Major Economic Crimes Bureau in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. In this position, he was responsible for managing prosecutors, investigators, analysts and paralegals handling investigations into securities and commodities fraud, large-scale mortgage and insurance fraud, Ponzi schemes, international money laundering, terrorist financing, sanctions evasion, asset forfeiture and tax crimes.

Weber has previously served as chief of the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section at the Department of Justice, and as an assistant United States attorney in the eastern district of New York. Weber conducted numerous major money laundering investigations and prosecutions, including some of the largest forfeitures ever entered against financial institutions for sanctions violations.

Weber is a two-time recipient of the Attorney General’s John Marshall Award, the highest honor for Justice Department lawyers.

 

Paul Camacho, special agent in charge, Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, retired

Paul Camacho, special agent in charge for the Las Vegas Field Office of Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation retired, was named to this position in May of 2009 and retired in 2014. He was responsible for planning, directing and evaluating activities of criminal investigation employees in Utah and Nevada. Under Camacho’s leadership the LVFO garnered unprecedented local and national media attention for its succession of high impact investigations.

Camacho is a certified public accountant and a graduate of California State University East Bay with a degree in accounting. Over the course of his career in IRS CI, Camacho oversaw a number of sophisticated financial investigations involving offshore abusive tax schemes, high dollar Ponzi and investment fraud, large-scale internet fraud, military contract fraud, mortgage fraud, organized crime groups, narcotics money laundering and political corruption. The aggregate dollar value of these crimes exceeds well over a billion dollars.

As the special agent in charge, Camacho led a partnership initiative with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Vice division to combat the pervasive illegal sex trade industry. These efforts yielded significant investigations into larger sex trade criminal enterprises. The IRS CI and Metro Vice partnership efforts have been featured extensively by local media special reports and a CNBC documentary which highlighted how IRS CI plays a significant role in dismantling criminal enterprises, much like IRS did long ago with Al Capone.

In coordination with the Nevada Gaming Control Board, Camacho implemented a first-of-its-kind program to foster strong working relations with the Nevada casino industry. This collaboration has led to enhanced quality of information reported to all law enforcement through the bank secrecy act and the development of significant investigations. Through this partnership Camacho and his team have become subject matter experts on how funds flow in and out of large scale casinos and their anti money laundering controls. At request of the U.S. State Department, Mr. Camacho gave presentations to and consulted with high ranking Mexican government officials to assist them in developing best practices for preventing money laundering in their casinos. Other governmental agencies, including FINCEN have consulted with Camacho in an effort to better understand the Nevada casino industry.

Camacho was the keynote speaker at the 2011 Casino Symposium in Singapore sponsored by the Singapore police and Singapore gaming regulatory agency and in April of 2011, he was a keynote speaker at the International Asian Organized Crime and Terrorism Conference. Camacho has given presentations to the American Bar Association national conference on gaming, Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specials (ACAMS) national conference and at the Institute of Internal Auditors Gaming Conferences.

Camacho’s current passion is educating IRS employees and the public on the rich history of CI. He has spearheaded changes to the National Criminal Investigation Training Academy’s curriculum to include for the first time presentations on CI’s legacy as a means to instill pride and sense of purpose among new agents.



[March 06, 2015] Sad News: Passing of Frank L. Smith

FRANK L. SMITH of McLean, VA, 90, died peacefully in his sleep November 27, 2014 in Ft. Collins, Colorado, after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease and Lewy Body Dementia. 

 

Frank was born May 29, 1924, in Union Hall, VA to the late Nannie Belle Purdue and Pansey Monroe Smith.  He enlisted in the US Navy at the age of 18.  Frank was a Seabee in WWII and was recalled to active duty for the Korean War.  He was later commissioned Lieutenant JG in the Navy Reserves, worked in Naval Intelligence and retired as a Navy Captain.

 

            On August 16, 1947, Frank married Eileen Robertson. While living in Roanoke, VA he earned his degree in economics at Roanoke College.  He relocated to McLean, VA in 1959 and in 1962 joined the IRS as a Special Agent in the Criminal Investigation Division, where he worked until his retirement in 1985.

 

            Upon his retirement, Frank became deeply involved in the early stages of the establishment of the Association of Former Special Agents of the Internal Revenue Service. Before Frank moved into leadership positions, it was a loan from him that provided the seed money for the organization’s administrative costs.  Annual conferences were initially arranged by Frank, along with his good friend and AFSA founding member Ken Wilson.  They worked together to make the general plans for meetings and arranging for hotel accommodations.   He visited other cities at his own expense to make hotel arrangements.  Their first conference in 1990 served as a blueprint for future conferences.

 

            Over the years, Frank moved into leadership positions, serving on the Board of Directors for eleven years, including been elected to the positions of Treasurer, Vice President and Vice President/President Elect and President. He served as President from 1995 – 1996.  One of his more significant accomplishments was the establishment of the AFSA Scholarship Program, which provides financial benefits to the families of AFSA members.  The program now bears his name.

 

            Frank was a lifelong avid golfer.  One of his greatest joys was shooting a 70 on his 70th birthday.  Frank also enjoyed traveling and had visited many interesting countries with his wife, family and friends over the years.

 

            Frank is survived by his wife, Eileen, daughter Linda Smith, son Steve Smith and daughter-in-law Carolyn Smith, plus three granddaughters, Amy Benedum, Amanda Smith and Kat Tamburello.

 

            A funeral service is planned for May 22, 2015, at 11:00 am at the Old Post Chapel at Fort Meyer with interment to follow with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.

 

            God bless him for his service!  He will be missed by his family and many friends.

 



[March 06, 2015] Sad News: Passing of Frank L. Smith

FRANK L. SMITH of McLean, VA, 90, died peacefully in his sleep November 27, 2014 in Ft. Collins, Colorado, after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease and Lewy Body Dementia. 

 

Frank was born May 29, 1924, in Union Hall, VA to the late Nannie Belle Purdue and Pansey Monroe Smith.  He enlisted in the US Navy at the age of 18.  Frank was a Seabee in WWII and was recalled to active duty for the Korean War.  He was later commissioned Lieutenant JG in the Navy Reserves, worked in Naval Intelligence and retired as a Navy Captain.

 

            On August 16, 1947, Frank married Eileen Robertson. While living in Roanoke, VA he earned his degree in economics at Roanoke College.  He relocated to McLean, VA in 1959 and in 1962 joined the IRS as a Special Agent in the Criminal Investigation Division, where he worked until his retirement in 1985.

 

            Upon his retirement, Frank became deeply involved in the early stages of the establishment of the Association of Former Special Agents of the Internal Revenue Service. Before Frank moved into leadership positions, it was a loan from him that provided the seed money for the organization’s administrative costs.  Annual conferences were initially arranged by Frank, along with his good friend and AFSA founding member Ken Wilson.  They worked together to make the general plans for meetings and arranging for hotel accommodations.   He visited other cities at his own expense to make hotel arrangements.  Their first conference in 1990 served as a blueprint for future conferences.

 

            Over the years, Frank moved into leadership positions, serving on the Board of Directors for eleven years, including been elected to the positions of Treasurer, Vice President and Vice President/President Elect and President. He served as President from 1995 – 1996.  One of his more significant accomplishments was the establishment of the AFSA Scholarship Program, which provides financial benefits to the families of AFSA members.  The program now bears his name.

 

            Frank was a lifelong avid golfer.  One of his greatest joys was shooting a 70 on his 70th birthday.  Frank also enjoyed traveling and had visited many interesting countries with his wife, family and friends over the years.

 

            Frank is survived by his wife, Eileen, daughter Linda Smith, son Steve Smith and daughter-in-law Carolyn Smith, plus three granddaughters, Amy Benedum, Amanda Smith and Kat Tamburello.

 

            A funeral service is planned for May 22, 2015, at 11:00 am at the Old Post Chapel at Fort Meyer with interment to follow with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.

 

            God bless him for his service!  He will be missed by his family and many friends.

 



[February 11, 2015] Sad News: Passing of Warren E. Harrison

In Memory of

Warren E. Harrison

 

January 25, 1940 - July 10, 2014

Obituary

 

Warren E. Harrison, 74, died in his home in Brunswick, GA on Thursday, July 10, 2014, surrounded by family and friends following an ongoing illness.

Warren was born in Baltimore, MD on January 25, 1940 to his father Morley "Moe" Harrison and mother E. Elizabeth (Buckman) Harrison. He was the beloved husband of the late Ernestine "Erni" Harrison, the loving father of three daughters, Kathi Smith and Michael of Brunswick, GA; Toni Smoot of Harpers Ferry, WV; Erin Drury and Don of Waverly, GA; devoted grandfather to his five grandchildren, Alan L. Brown of Martinsburg, WV, who predeceased him on March 22, 2014; Joseph Harrison of Charlestown, WV; Shannon Smoot of Atlanta, GA; Daniel Drury of Waverly ,GA and great grandson, Grant Harrison of Charlestown, WV. He is also survived by Claire, his best friend and furry companion of many years and many special friends, too numerous to mention.

Warren graduated from Mt. Airy H.S in MD in 1958, then went on to VA Tech and earned a B.S in Science and graduated in 1962. Immediately after graduation he began a long distinguished career with the U.S Treasury Department as a special agent, advancing to Director of Operations, advancing again to Assistant Regional Commissioner of Criminal Investigations Midwest region in Chicago, IL from 1982-1987. He retired in 1990 after 28 years of service. Warren served several years in the National Guard, and retired after reaching the rank of Major. After retirement, Warren and Erni relocated to St. Simons Island and started his tax consulting business, which he continued until his illness this year.

Marshside was a place he called home, and would go nightly to see his friends and socialize, he was known and loved by all as he knew and loved them. He was referred to as the "Mayor of Marshside."

A memorial service will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Heartland Hospice, who did a wonderful job helping to care for him.



[January 05, 2015] Good Samaritans with badges help nab iPhone robbery suspects near O'Hare

 

News Local news Breaking News

Good Samaritans with badges help nab iPhone robbery suspects near O'Hare

 

Mark Hicks, 19, left, of the 6900 block of South Parnell Avenue, and Jeffrey L. Mosley, 25, of the 7800 block of South Shore Drive, were charged with robbery, and Mosley also was wanted on a domestic battery warrant, according to the Cook County sheriff's office. (Cook County sheriff's office)

By Rosemary Regina Sobol

Chicago Tribune

 

Good Samaritans with badges help nab iPhone robbery suspects

 

Retired Secret Service agent Jose Franco says he felt a little “invincible’’ when he pulled the badge he still carries and ordered two robbery suspects to "freeze" after they allegedly stole a brand-new iPhone 6 from a 71-year-old man riding the Blue Line to O'Hare.

"Police, I have a gun! I want you to freeze!’’ Franco said he yelled.

Franco didn't actually have a gun, but he had his hands in his pockets, and the two suspects apparently weren't taking any chances.

"As soon as I said freeze, they did,’’ said Franco, 59.

Franco got the phone back, and the suspects were arrested near the Harlem station about 11 a.m. Wednesday.

 

"My adrenaline was high. I probably should have called 911," said Franco, who retired three years ago after working for the Secret Service for three decades. "I was just trying to make sure they didn’t escape with this little old man’s phone.

"I felt like I was an agent again," Franco said.

The victim, Michael, who asked to be identified only by his first name, purchased the phone four days before the theft. During a telephone interview Friday, he said he and his wife were on the train, and he was using the phone to show her information about their flight.

When the train stopped at Harlem, the suspects suddenly emerged from another car.

 

“They were running. I had it in my left hand, and they came and slapped it forward … they just tore out the door," Michael said.

“I was kind of shocked and maybe (had) a little moment of fear, healthy fear."

Then he felt "anger, and it kind of turned into determination," he added. He asked his wife if she could handle the carry-on bags and bolted out the door after the suspects.

He spotted them on a corner, talking, and looking over their shoulders.

“I started running after them, and they started running. They were a lot younger than me. I guess I'm in good shape, but I’m fighting a cold,’’ Michael said.

 

Michael followed the robbers north of the station on Harlem Avenue.

That's where Michael flagged down Franco and a friend who were on their way for an outing in nearby Niles.

"I see this old man up ahead flagging down cars," said Franco, who was driving. "I’m looking at my friend and saying maybe he needs a ride. He was hysterical."

Franco stopped, rolled down his window and asked if he could help.

"Help me, please help me," Michael pleaded, according to Franco and police. "'These two guys just stole my iPhone, and I just bought it a week ago. I’m going to miss my plane.' "

Michael explained that his wife had gone ahead to the airport to check in.

 

"Get inside the truck," Franco told Michael, and they sped off.

As they made a right turn and slowed down, Franco said he spotted the suspects. He told his friend and the victim to follow them on foot while he went around the back through an alley.

Franco said while they were in pursuit, another man joined them, saying he was a retired Chicago police sergeant. The retired sergeant said he had just seen two men running through his yard.

“I could see them jumping fences, house to house,’’ Franco said.

They were about 30 or 40 feet away when Franco yelled and pulled his badge.

“I still had my badge in my pocket,’’ Franco said. "They saw me and they froze and put their hands up and got on their knees."

Franco then yelled for them to give up the phone. The man with the phone tossed it to Franco before fleeing. Franco said he tackled the second suspect before calling 911 and waited until police arrived. He learned later that the second suspect was arrested in the 5600 block of North Neva Avenue.

Franco said he handed the iPhone back to Michael and even gave him a lift to the airport, where he met his wife who "was in tears." The couple made their flight.

Michael said police told him the suspects were not “the dangerous type’’ but said they were “surprised’’ Michael ran after them.

“They're a couple of scared guys who I think their worst nightmare seemed to be unfolding in front of them,’’ Michael said.

Michael was thankful for Franco and the neighbors who helped out.

“A little bit of bonding (happened),’’ Michael said. “It caused a feeling of brotherhood … a special feeling of a community standing up against something.’’

The two suspects -- Mark Hicks 19, of the 6900 block of South Parnell Avenue, and Jeffrey L. Mosley, 25, of the 7800 block of South Shore Drive -- were charged with robbery. Mosley also was wanted on a domestic battery warrant, according to the Cook County sheriff’s office.

On Thursday, Hicks was ordered held in lieu of $90,000 bail, and Mosley was ordered held in lieu of $50,000 bail, according to court records.

 



[December 01, 2014] Regional Director Malone - 5th in Shooting Competion

IRS-CI OLDER S/A –VS- NEWER S/A

 

By Ray Sherrard:

 

The CIDEA (Criminal Investigation Employees Association for those of you who do not remember) Shootout and Potluck. 

 

 

The old-timers present were Bob Sterling, Rich Malone (who took one of the top five slots in the matches) John Reimer, Virgie Romo, and Ray Sherrard.

 

We had a whole range area to ourselves.  Good food and desserts  - no toilets nearby though tough on us old guys.

 

I can tell you I feel a lot better after seeing the quality of SAs that we are hiring now.   You remember when we came onboard  (l969 for me) that it was all males, and only one black guy, and one or two Asians. 

 

Well today, it is only a few white males, and CI is mostly minority, and  largely female, but the  SAs  there were fit, intelligent, dedicated to the job,  and happy to work  for CI.   Can’t ask for much more than that. I think the agency is in good hands.  They have vastly better equipment than we had-in terms of weapons, vehicles, communications, information-gathering sources etc., but I think that we had more freedom of action in our day.

 

I tried out my Glock 27 with the integrated laser sight (useless in bright daylight) Just about everyone else had larger weapons.  I can tell that I am not getting enough range time in, as my right arm is sore today.   Their scenarios are better than some of our old  “stand at a station, shoot at the paper target   and go home.”     Now you jog up to the firing station, and have multiple steel targets at varying distances, and you shoot off three magazines.  More realistic that our old paper targets.    Also, the range master uses targets that you have to hit in vital areas, or they don’t go down.

 

All in all, it was a good day.

 

We are planning to do this again, John Reimer had a discussion with one of the Managers there, and with the CIDEA principals.  They agreed that it was good to have active and retired SAs meet and discuss things and compare notes.

 

The AFSA newsletter will probably have some photos of the event.  Once I learn how to transfer the pix I took from my IPhone  (still new to me)  I will send them out.

 

See you the next time.

 

Ray



[November 25, 2014] A Renaissance of Fraud

A renaissance of fraud

As a former IRS Criminal Investigation (CI) special agent, I was in the business of hunting down fraudsters, big time white collar swindlers and crooks.  The sport was not for the financially sleuthing faint of heart.  Those worthy of capture and prosecution camouflaged themselves well with guile, charm and a heavy veneer of bogus money trails.  As dedicated hunters, we studied and attempted to predict their behavior, sought out their feeding grounds and patiently stalked them before they committed another financial crime.  The prized trophy for bagging a big time fraudster was the personal satisfaction they would no longer victimize others.     

Not to discount the horrific experience of being burglarized or mugged, but having your life savings pilfered by someone you thought you could trust often leaves a much deeper emotional scar scare.  In my experience I have seen that  these victims are haunted for the rest of their lives and rarely recover financially or psychologically. 

Over the years as a special agent and later as a senior leader in the organization, I have become more attune to swindler activity.  Like most in this line of work, you begin to develop a sixth sense.  I say this to qualify what I am about to tell you:  People can become jaded.  I am not above being influenced by years of forcing certain optics.  I readily admit I may have developed a bias toward labeling individuals as fraudsters.  So, you be the judge if my observations are seen through skeptical lenses.  

Recently, I have become alarmed by several converging trends: First, the exponential advancement of opportunities that fraudster can feed and breed on; second, the explosive growth in the size and quantity of fraud criminal cases; and third, the rapidly shrinking resource pool of investigators and prosecutors tasked to combat sophisticated financial crimes.   We are in a renaissance of fraud where it has never been easier to commit financial thievery and get away with it.

Opportunities abound

Leaving a cash register drawer unlocked clearly opens a business up to the crime of embezzlement.   With fraud, sometimes our cash register drawers are left wide open by gullibility, greed or desperation.   Where opportunities exist, committing fraud can be easier than you think.  There was a case out of my office a while back where a man put an ad in the paper advertising that if you sent him $50 he would send you an educational package that would teach you how to make a $1,000 a week.  Several victims sent him checks and as promised, the crook sent them his secret to success:  A brief letter telling them to put an ad in the paper asking people to send you $50 like he did.  

America has had a long history of swindlers peddling schemes and snake oil.  Up to the late 1990s, these fraudsters had brick and mortar constraints that limited how far their scheme could propagate.  For instance, the size of a telemarketing pump and dump scam was limited to the size of the boiler room; a mass mailer peddling a nonexistent pain cure was limited by the cost of mailing and corresponding and an infomercial hawking fake gold mines had a steep barrier to entry given the cost of production and air time.   

But overall popularity of the Internet changed everything.  Unimaginable opportunities now exist that make the transactional cost of duping victims much cheaper and it can be done in the anonymity of cyberspace.  Plus, the traits of the fraudster  (guile and charm) can be vastly extenuated.   When it comes to the Internet, swindlers can look like a well-established business just with a little web design window dressing.  

The Internet has allowed for the phenomena of micro fraud where it is now very cost effective to scam hundreds of thousands for small amounts.  My office worked a case where the fraudster scammed hundreds of millions of dollars from many individuals who each lost between 25 to 150 dollars.  Imagine the possibilities of the newspaper ad scam I discussed earlier, when transferring that scam into spam emails and using anonymynizer websites.   And with this new cyber-global presence, fraudsters can reach victims anywhere in the world from the convenience of their Internet café.  With the Internet the world is their oyster.     

Our zeal to make transactions convenient and seamless through technology has opened new opportunities that fraudsters are aggressively exploiting.  Identity theft is a glaring example of this.  In addition to credit card fraud, billions of dollars have been paid  in recent years to crooks that steal the identity and social security number of unsuspecting taxpayers and then file online tax returns.  It has become so lucrative that street gangs and other criminal groups have aggressively made it one of their core income streams.  What makes it attractive and safer for the crooks is that the refunds can be received on  prepaid debit cards so there is no banking money trail. 

The IRS is doing yeoman’s work combating the problem but they have never experienced such an epidemic of identity theft-related crimes.  And all of this is primarily the result from elected officials expecting that refunds be conveniently paid as quickly as 24 to 48 hours.  Also, the IRS is not the only government agency experiencing epic identity theft.  Any local, state or federal government program that pays  funds utilizing prepaid debit cards has been under attack by identity thieves.  We brought down a small group of individuals who were able to obtain 4 million dollars in bogus state unemployment benefits all paid on prepaid cards.  

In addition to technology and convenience considerations, changing demographics also opens new opportunities.  As the population  gets older, baby boomers are retiring with nest eggs smaller than they envisioned and out of desperation some seek more aggressive, unconventional investment opportunities.   As people age they become more trusting and forgetful and this all plays out well for enhancing fraudsters’ feeding grounds.    

Zombie fraudsters attack

When I began my career, big cases  were not handed to you on a silver platter.  You had to work for it, dig deep and turn over a fair amount of financial rocks.  Case development was the order of the day to become a good special agent.  But there has been a noticeable shift in recent years.  Agents no longer need to forage constantly under deep embedded stones to find a quality lead.  This is because big cases have been oozing up from under them lately.  

Right before I retired, the aggregate value of investigations under my direction over the recent years approached a billion dollars.  Many of these cases were well over $10 million and there were more than a few over $200 million.  Inflation cannot explain the huge variance in inventory from a similar sized field office just a decade ago.  All over the country, referrals, tips and passionate pleas from victims are coming to white collar criminal investigators much faster than they can intake.  Call me jaded but something is amiss on the financial highways of America.  It is almost as if there is a fraudster zombie uprising. 

Budget constraints at the local, state and federal level also play into this.  There are fewer investigators and prosecutors experienced in sophisticated financial crimes than in years past.  For instance, IRS CI is approaching 1,976’s staffing levels.  This should be a large canary in the cold mine because IRS special agents are often relied upon by federal prosecutors to put together the most sophisticated financial investigations.   

To manage the overflowing financial crime inventory with smaller resources, many leads that might have been worked years ago are now passed up for even bigger ones.  Prosecutors are forced to set higher dollar criteria as a means to ensure the most impactful criminals are adjudicated.  The results are disconcerting.  It is not uncommon for a quarter million dollar fraudster to be thrown back into Swindler Lake— much too small of a catch in many major cities given the current financial investigator’s fishing size limit.  In some areas if the fraud is less than a million dollars there is a chance it probably would not be prosecuted if bigger fish have already been hauled up onto the boat. 

Keep in mind, sophisticated white collar cases take much more time to reel in and mount on the prosecution wall.  The effort is more akin to deep sea marlin fishing than quickly pulling up a catfish with a net.  These big cases are huge resource drains often taking a team of agents and attorneys to bring it to trial.  With a priority to ensure public safety, many smaller local and state police departments cannot fund adequate white collar investigative units capable of taking on big financial cases so they defer them to federal criminal agencies. 

The Romans have a saying:  Money is like seawater.  The more you drink, the thirstier you get.  Fraudsters vividly prove this axiom.  Unlike violent criminals there is a high recidivism rate as fraudsters get older.  They often become more egregious and rapacious in their financial thievery, attempting to quench their greed thirst.  It is not uncommon to see Ponzi schemes being perpetrated by folks in their seventies and even some in their eighties.    

Rationalization

What prevents most of us from committing fraud is our moral compass.   It is revealing that studies on cheating show that more than an insignificant portion of us would stray ethically if we could rationalize the action.  The significant factor in rationalization has to do with crowd mentality.  If you perceive everyone is doing it, you feel more comfortable rationalizing it as acceptable behavior.  The mortgage crisis hinged partly on the fact that a lot of people rationalized it was okay to submit a mortgage loan puffed up with financial fiction.  In their mind everybody was doing it and nobody got in trouble for it.  As more people get away with fraud, there will be those who rationalize that it is okay to follow the crowd, especially if their incentive is driven by financial desperation.  

Rationalization is often enhanced if a person has no emotional attachment to the victim.  This is where it gets scary.  As I mentioned, the Internet has opened up tremendous opportunities not only for homegrown fraudsters but also for nefarious foreign groups such as terrorists, transnational criminal organizations and kleptocracies, who could not care less about people’s way of life.   Our enemies are also engaged in financial warfare. 

What does this mean for AML compliance?

With recent heavy fines in the hundreds of millions levied on financial institutions, the government has made it clear that their expectation of what AML programs should do is detect and report financial crimes—fraud.   Law enforcement cannot keep up with the exponential growth of financial crime cases; therefore, financial institutions are being asked to do more in the fight against financial fraud.  This will mean AML programs will have to be retooled and financial institutions will undoubtedly be faced with new challenges and expectations.   

The Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) was created in the 1970s to monitor and report financial transactions occurring in the underground currency-based, non-banked economy.  Much of the AML apparatus focuses on detecting traditional, currency base suspicious activity. The criminal world has vastly changed since then.  Most significant financial crimes are non-currency based.   Fraudsters often do not avail themselves to transactional currency-based money laundering techniques used by cartels and other drug trade organizations.  For instance, financial intuitions are now suffering a wave of fraudsters attempting to clear credit or debit card transactions relating to a multitude of frauds schemes.   And there are fraudsters that just use financial institutions simply to enjoy their non currency funds rather than launder their money. 

So, when it comes to detecting fraudsters it is mainly about due diligence protocols and attempting to keep abreast of the latest fraud schemes.  There is a myth that many people harbor: Only the stupid, greedy and gullible fall for fraud schemes.  Let me assure you, this is not my law enforcement career experience.   Fraudsters are genetically coded to be uber-charmers, masters at spinning lies that appear to be etched in stone facts.  I have seen doctors, lawyers, engineers and college professors collapse into their trickery.  If these  highly educated professionals can fall prey imagine how difficult it will be for AML personnel to detect their fraud?  

There is a high level of subjectivity involved in assessing whether someone is engaged in fraud, especially if there is thick coat of sophistication.   Moving forward, we have to wrestle with the fact, we will not catch them all.  The cracks in the chicanery wall may only become apparent late into the fraud scheme and often after there has been a public notification of conviction.     

Even reaching out to victims to verify fraud might be less fruitful than you would think.  It is not uncommon for a victim who lost significant funds to be in a state of denial even after they are told of a criminal investigation.   As a coping mechanism, some refused to face and admit they were duped.  I have seen this even with highly educated professionals.  There are also times when the fraudster makes side deals with desperate victims.  The victims agree to vouch on the merits of the investment in exchange for their money back.    

It is not unheard of for wishful thinking investment entrepreneurs to break bad when faced with economic reality, especially if they are enjoying the high life.  This often happens in economic downturn of the underlying investment.  The mortgage crisis incubated a lot of breaking bad scenarios.  People faced with having to tell investors they lost everything just continued to accept investment contributions.  This situation can be particularly challenging for AML compliance because the initial due diligence would have yielded a legitimate profile.

You have to know the schemes to detect the schemes.   Because technology has increased the creation velocity of new scams, AML departments are faced with the herculean challenge of how to effectively deliver training on emerging fraud trends.  This is where law enforcement needs to step in and proactively provide fraud situational awareness.  AML professionals are at a disadvantage in identifying fraud  if they are not briefed on the detailed mechanics of current schemes.  It is one thing to tell someone to assemble a clock; it is another thing to take it apart and show them how  each piece fits together.  This is already happening to some degree in many cities with Financial Fraud Task Forces reaching out to financial institutions.   Budget constraints dramatically hampered the ability of law enforcement to attend industry conferences to share their subject-matter expertise.   To mitigate this, perhaps local ACAMS chapters could also serve as a platform to host local, state and federal law enforcement so they can profile recent cases and trends. 

Conclusion

For the past year I have been engaged in reality checks with colleagues as a means to gauge my jadedness.  Invariably my observation mirrors theirs: Many of us believe there has never been a time when the chances of you being a victim of fraud are so great.  Given this, we all need to gain situational awareness of our financial surroundings, not only for ourselves but also for our family and friends, especially the elderly ones that might be more vulnerable.   Financial sharks are stealth enough to swim into calm shallow waters without detection.   This was painfully demonstrated to me recently.

Not long ago, I received a call from my cousin informing me that my elderly aunt had lost her entire retirement nest egg to a fraudster.  The scheme entrapped thousands of elderly victims who lost their life savings to what they thought was a prudent, safe investment offering reasonable returns from someone they trusted for years.  As I questioned my cousin on what happened, I painfully realized the fraudsters had played them well, covered their tracks and left little openings for a strong, quick encompassing prosecution. It was a scenario I have seen time and time again but now it hit home.  The scheme turned out to be well over a half a billion dollars and probably the largest in the state.

My guess is that the same sophisticated subterfuge used on the victims to keep them at bay was also applied to the financial intuitions.  The story profoundly embeds into me the belief that it could happen to anyone and to any financial institution.  No matter how much we build our programs to detect financial fraud, the resourceful predator fraudsters will always find ways to swim through the nets.    And so I become even more jaded; we may never be able to build the perfect fraudster mouse trap.  

 

Paul Camacho, vice president of AML Compliance, Station Casinos LLC, Las Vegas, NV, USA, paul.camacho@stationcasinos.com



[November 17, 2014] AML article by Paul Camacho

Renaissance

of FRAUD

Goran Bogicevic / Shutterstock.com

ACAMS TODAY | JUNE–AUGUST 2014 | ACAMS.ORG | ACAMSTODAY.ORG 33

AML CHALLENGES

As a former IRS Criminal Investigation

(CI) special agent, I was in the

business of hunting down fraudsters,

big-time white-collar swindlers and

crooks. The sport was not for the financially

sleuthing faint of heart. Those worthy of

capture and prosecution camouflaged themselves

well with guile, charm and a heavy

veneer of bogus money trails. As dedicated

hunters, we studied and attempted to predict

their behavior, sought out their feeding

grounds and patiently stalked them before

they committed another financial crime. The

prized trophy for bagging a big time fraudster

was the personal satisfaction they would no

longer victimize others.

Not to discount the horrific experience of

being burglarized or mugged, but having your

life savings pilfered by someone you thought

you could trust often leaves a much deeper

emotional scar. In my experience I have seen

that these victims are haunted for the rest of

their lives and rarely recover financially or

psychologically.

Over the years as a special agent and later

as a senior leader in the organization, I have

become more attune to swindler activity.

Like most in this line of work, you begin to

develop a sixth sense. I say this to qualify

what I am about to tell you: People can

become jaded. I am not above being influenced

by years of forcing certain optics. I

readily admit I may have developed a bias

toward labeling individuals as fraudsters. So,

you be the judge if my observations are seen

through skeptical lenses.

Recently, I have become alarmed by several

converging trends: First, the exponential

advancement of opportunities that fraudster

can feed and breed on; second, the explosive

growth in the size and quantity of fraud criminal

cases; and third, the rapidly shrinking

resource pool of investigators and prosecutors

tasked to combat sophisticated financial

crimes. We are in a renaissance of fraud

where it has never been easier to commit

financial thievery and get away with it.

Opportunities abound

Leaving a cash register drawer unlocked

clearly opens a business up to the crime of

embezzlement. With fraud, sometimes our

cash register drawers are left wide open

by gullibility, greed or desperation. Where

opportunities exist, committing fraud can be

easier than you think. There was a case out

of my office a while back where a man put

an ad in the paper advertising that if you sent

him $50 he would send you an educational

package that would teach you how to make

a $1,000 a week. Several victims sent him

checks and as promised, the crook sent them

his secret to success: A brief letter telling

them to put an ad in the paper asking people

to send you $50 like he did.

America has had a long history of swindlers

peddling schemes and snake oil. Up to the

late 1990s, these fraudsters had brick and

mortar constraints that limited how far their

scheme could propagate. For instance, the

size of a telemarketing pump and dump scam

was limited to the size of the boiler room; a

mass mailer peddling a nonexistent pain cure

was limited by the cost of mailing and corresponding

and an infomercial hawking fake

gold mines had a steep barrier to entry given

the cost of production and air time.

But overall popularity of the Internet

changed everything. Unimaginable opportunities

now exist that make the transactional

cost of duping victims much cheaper and

it can be done in the anonymity of cyberspace.

Plus, the traits of the fraudster (guile

and charm) can be vastly extenuated. When

it comes to the Internet, swindlers can look

like a well-established business just with a

little web design window dressing.

The Internet has allowed for the phenomena

of micro fraud where it is now very cost

effective to scam hundreds of thousands

for small amounts. My office worked a case

where the fraudster scammed hundreds of

millions of dollars from many individuals

who each lost between 25 to 150 dollars.

Imagine the possibilities of the newspaper ad

scam I discussed earlier, when transferring

that scam into spam emails and using anonymynizer

websites. And with this new cyberglobal

presence, fraudsters can reach victims

anywhere in the world from the convenience

of their Internet café. With the Internet the

world is their oyster.

Our zeal to make transactions convenient

and seamless through technology has

opened new opportunities that fraudsters

are aggressively exploiting. Identity theft

is a glaring example of this. In addition to

credit card fraud, billions of dollars have

been paid in recent years to crooks that steal

the identity and social security number of

unsuspecting taxpayers and then file online

tax returns. It has become so lucrative that

street gangs and other criminal groups

have aggressively made it one of their core

income streams. What makes it attractive

and safer for the crooks is that the refunds

can be received on prepaid debit cards so

there is no banking money trail.

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AML CHALLENGES

The IRS is

doing yeoman’s

work combating the

problem but they have

never experienced such

an epidemic of identity theft-related

crimes. And all of this is primarily the

result from elected officials expecting that

refunds be conveniently paid as quickly as

24 to 48 hours. Also, the IRS is not the only

government agency experiencing epic identity

theft. Any local, state or federal government

program that pays funds utilizing

prepaid debit cards has been under attack

by identity thieves. We brought down a small

group of individuals who were able to obtain

4 million dollars in bogus state unemployment

benefits all paid on prepaid cards.

In addition to technology and convenience

considerations, changing demographics also

opens new opportunities. As the population

gets older, baby boomers are retiring with

nest eggs smaller than they envisioned and

out of desperation some seek more aggressive,

unconventional investment opportunities.

As people age they become more trusting

and forgetful and this all plays out well for

enhancing fraudsters’ feeding grounds.

Zombie fraudsters attack

When I began my career, big cases were not

handed to you on a silver platter. You had

to work for it, dig deep and turn over a

fair amount of financial rocks. Case

development was the order of the

day to become a good special agent.

But there has been a noticeable

shift in recent years. Agents

no longer need to forage

constantly under

deep embedded

stones to find

a quality lead.

This is because

big cases have

been oozing up

from under them

lately.

Right before I

retired, the aggregate

value of investigations

under my

direction over the recent

years approached a billion

dollars. Many of these cases

were well over $10 million and

there were more than a few over $200

million. Inflation cannot explain the huge

variance in inventory from a similar sized

field office just a decade ago. All over the

country, referrals, tips and passionate pleas

from victims are coming to white collar

criminal investigators much faster than

they can intake. Call me jaded, but something

is amiss on the financial highways of

America. It is almost as if there is a fraudster

zombie uprising.

Budget constraints at the local, state and

federal level also play into this. There

are fewer investigators and prosecutors

experienced in sophisticated financial

crimes than in years past. For instance,

IRS CI is approaching 1970s staffing

levels. This should be a large canary in

the coal mine because IRS special agents

are often relied upon by federal prosecutors

to put together the most sophisticated

financial investigations.

To manage the overflowing financial crime

inventory with smaller resources, many leads

that might have been worked years ago are

now passed up for even bigger ones. Prosecutors

are forced to set higher dollar criteria

as a means to ensure the most impactful

criminals are adjudicated. The results are

disconcerting. It is not uncommon for a

quarter million dollar fraudster to be thrown

back into Swindler Lake — much too small

of a catch in many major cities given the

current financial investigator’s fishing size

limit. In some areas if the fraud is less than

a million dollars there is a chance it probably

would not be prosecuted if bigger fish have

already been hauled up onto the boat.

Keep in mind, sophisticated white collar

cases take much more time to reel in and

mount on the prosecution wall. The effort

is more akin to deep sea marlin fishing

than quickly pulling up a catfish with a net.

These big cases are huge resource drains

often taking a team of agents and attorneys

to bring it to trial. With a priority to ensure

public safety, many smaller local and state

police departments cannot fund adequate

white collar investigative units capable of

taking on big financial cases so they defer

them to federal criminal agencies.

The Romans have a saying: Money is like

seawater. The more you drink, the thirstier

you get. Fraudsters vividly prove this axiom.

Unlike violent criminals there is a high recidivism

rate as fraudsters get older. They often

become more egregious and rapacious in their

financial thievery, attempting to quench their

greed thirst. It is not uncommon to see Ponzi

schemes being perpetrated by folks in their

seventies and even some in their eighties.

Rationalization

What prevents most of us from committing

fraud is our moral compass. It is revealing

that studies on cheating show that more than

an insignificant portion of us would stray

ethically if we could rationalize the action.

The significant factor in rationalization has

to do with crowd mentality. If you perceive

everyone is doing it, you feel more comfortable

rationalizing it as acceptable behavior.

The mortgage crisis hinged partly on the fact

that a lot of people rationalized it was okay

to submit a mortgage loan puffed up with

financial fiction. In their mind everybody was

doing it and nobody got in trouble for it. As

more people get away with fraud, there will

be those who rationalize that it is okay to

follow the crowd, especially if their incentive

is driven by financial desperation.

Rationalization is often enhanced if a person

has no emotional attachment to the victim.

This is where it gets scary. As I mentioned,

the Internet has opened up tremendous

opportunities not only for homegrown

fraudsters but also for nefarious foreign

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AML CHALLENGES

groups such as terrorists, transnational

criminal organizations and kleptocracies,

who could not care less about people’s way

of life. Our enemies are also engaged in

financial warfare.

What does this mean for AML

compliance?

With recent heavy fines in the hundreds

of millions levied on financial institutions,

the government has made it clear that their

expectation of what AML programs should

do is detect and report financial crimes —

fraud. Law enforcement cannot keep up with

the exponential growth of financial crime

cases; therefore, financial institutions are

being asked to do more in the fight against

financial fraud. This will mean AML programs

will have to be retooled and financial institutions

will undoubtedly be faced with new

challenges and expectations.

The Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) was created

in the 1970s to monitor and report financial

transactions occurring in the underground

currency-based, non-banked economy. Much

of the AML apparatus focuses on detecting

traditional, currency base suspicious activity.

The criminal world has vastly changed since

then. Most significant financial crimes are

non-currency based. Fraudsters often do

not avail themselves to transactional currency-

based money laundering techniques used

by cartels and other drug trade organizations.

For instance, financial intuitions are now

suffering a wave of fraudsters attempting to

clear credit or debit card transactions relating

to a multitude of frauds schemes. And there

are fraudsters that just use financial institutions

simply to enjoy their non currency

funds rather than launder their money.

So, when it comes to detecting fraudsters it

is mainly about due diligence protocols and

attempting to keep abreast of the latest fraud

schemes. There is a myth that many people

harbor: Only the stupid, greedy and gullible

fall for fraud schemes. Let me assure you,

this is not my law enforcement career experience.

Fraudsters are genetically coded to

be uber-charmers, masters at spinning lies

that appear to be etched in stone facts. I have

seen doctors, lawyers, engineers and college

professors collapse into their trickery. If

these highly educated professionals can fall

prey imagine how difficult it will be for AML

personnel to detect their fraud?

There is a high level of subjectivity involved

in assessing whether someone is engaged

in fraud, especially if there is thick coat of

sophistication. Moving forward, we have to

wrestle with the fact, we will not catch them

all. The cracks in the chicanery wall may only

become apparent late into the fraud scheme

and often after there has been a public notification

of conviction.

Even reaching out to victims to verify

fraud might be less fruitful than you would

think. It is not uncommon for a victim

who lost significant funds to be in a state

of denial even after they are told of a criminal

investigation. As a coping mechanism,

some refused to face and admit they were

duped. I have seen this even with highly

educated professionals. There are also

times when the fraudster makes side deals

with desperate victims. The victims agree

to vouch on the merits of the investment in

exchange for their money back.

It is not unheard of for wishful thinking

investment entrepreneurs to break bad when

faced with economic reality, especially if

they are enjoying the high life. This often

happens in economic downturn of the underlying

investment. The mortgage crisis incubated

a lot of breaking bad scenarios. People

faced with having to tell investors they lost

everything just continued to accept investment

contributions. This situation can be

particularly challenging for AML compliance

because the initial due diligence would have

yielded a legitimate profile.

You have to know the schemes to detect the

schemes. Because technology has increased

the creation velocity of new scams, AML

departments are faced with the herculean

challenge of how to effectively deliver

training on emerging fraud trends. This is

where law enforcement needs to step in

and proactively provide fraud situational

awareness. AML professionals are at a disadvantage

in identifying fraud if they are not

briefed on the detailed mechanics of current

schemes. It is one thing to tell someone to

assemble a clock; it is another thing to take

it apart and show them how each piece

fits together. This is already happening to

some degree in many cities with Financial

Fraud Task Forces reaching out to financial

institutions. Budget constraints dramatically

hampered the ability of law enforcement to

attend industry conferences to share their

subject-matter expertise. To mitigate this,

perhaps local ACAMS chapters could also

serve as a platform to host local, state and

federal law enforcement so they can profile

recent cases and trends.

Conclusion

For the past year I have been engaged in

reality checks with colleagues as a means to

gauge my jadedness. Invariably my observation

mirrors theirs: Many of us believe there

has never been a time when the chances

of you being a victim of fraud are so great.

Given this, we all need to gain situational

awareness of our financial surroundings,

not only for ourselves but also for our family

and friends, especially the elderly ones that

might be more vulnerable. Financial sharks

are stealth enough to swim into calm shallow

waters without detection. This was painfully

demonstrated to me recently.

Not long ago, I received a call from my

cousin informing me that my elderly aunt

had lost her entire retirement nest egg to

a fraudster. The scheme entrapped thousands

of elderly victims who lost their

life savings to what they thought was a

prudent, safe investment offering reasonable

returns from someone they trusted for

years. As I questioned my cousin on what

happened, I painfully realized the fraudsters

had played them well, covered their

tracks and left little openings for a strong,

quick encompassing prosecution. It was a

scenario I have seen time and time again

but now it hit home. The scheme turned out

to be well over a half a billion dollars and

probably the largest in the state.

My guess is that the same sophisticated

subterfuge used on the victims to keep them

at bay was also applied to the financial intuitions.

The story profoundly embeds into me

the belief that it could happen to anyone and

to any financial institution. No matter how

much we build our programs to detect financial

fraud, the resourceful predator fraudsters

will always find ways to swim through

the nets. And so I become even more jaded;

we may never be able to build the perfect

fraudster mouse trap.

Paul Camacho, vice president of AML

Compliance, Station Casinos LLC, Las

Vegas, NV, USA, paul.camacho@stationcasinos.

com

Most significant

financial crimes are

non-currency based



[November 17, 2014] Article on FEHB and Medicare

Here's another article on FEHB and Medicare.
 

The $1,258 Question

By Tammy Flanagan

November 13, 2014

In 2015, Medicare Part B premiums will be $104.90 per month per person, or $1,258.80 a year. The good news is that’s unchanged from this year. The bad news is that feds who will turn 65 in 2015 will need to make a decision about whether or not to enroll in Part B and pay this additional premium on top of what they already pay for Federal Employees’ Health Benefits Program coverage.

Let’s look at some of the advantages of adding Part B and some ideas to how to make the dual coverage more affordable. But before we begin, here’s a quick overview of Medicare’s four parts:

  • Part A covers hospital care for overnight stays, care in a skilled nursing facility, hospice care and home health services. There is no premium for Part A as long as you or your spouse has paid the Medicare tax during employment. All federal employees have paid this tax since 1983. The military has been covered by Social Security payroll taxes since 1957.
  • Part B covers medically necessary services and supplies that are needed to diagnose or treat an illness or medical condition and that meet accepted standards of medical practice. Part B covers some preventative care, but not all.
  • Part C is a collection of plans under the Medicare Advantage umbrella. These plans sometimes cover services that aren’t deemed medically necessary under Medicare. They may also offer extra coverage for services like vision, hearing, dental and other health or wellness programs. If you stay enrolled in a FEHBP plan, then you would not need a Medicare Part C plan. If you decide to enroll in a Medicare Advantage Plan, you have the option of suspending your FEHBP coverage if you are retired from the federal government.
  • Part D is Medicare’s prescription drug coverage. If you have FEHBP, you will not need to enroll in Part D, because your FEHBP plan will cover your prescriptions as well and often better than a Part D plan. If you find you’re paying a lot of money out of pocket for copayments on your prescriptions, you may consider enrollment in a Part D plan or changing your FEHBP enrollment to something that is more cost-effective in covering such expenses.

I can think of only one reason not to enroll in Medicare Part A when you turn 65: If you want to contribute to a health savings account. Part B, though, is a different, more complicated, story.

Cost Conundrum

The dilemma with Part B mainly comes down to cost. There is a monthly premium that you need to pay per person, in addition to your FEHBP premium. And if you are a wealthier 65-year-old, the premiums are higher.

Not only is it expensive to enroll in Medicare Part B, but you may not get your money’s worth. Of course, that could be viewed as a good thing, because it would mean you were healthy. And lest you think you should just wait to sign up, there’s a penalty if you delay your enrollment to a time when you’re more likely to benefit from the additional coverage. Part B premiums go up by 10 percent for every year you delay enrollment past your 65th birthday.

Still, it’s usually to your advantage to delay Part B enrollment past age 65 if you're covered under a group health plan based on current employment. This includes FEHBP if the premiums are being deducted from your paycheck and not your CSRS or FERS retirement benefit. This exception also applies to your spouse, who may be covered under your FEHBP if you are still working for the federal government.

If you delayed Part B enrollment because you were still covered by a health plan through current employment, you have a special enrollment period to sign up for Parts A and B any time as long as you or your spouse (or family member, if you're disabled) is working. You also have an eight-month special enrollment period to sign up for Parts A and B that starts the month after the employment stops or the group health plan insurance based on current employment ends, whichever happens first. Usually, you don't pay a late enrollment penalty if you sign up during a special enrollment period.

If you missed your general enrollment at 65 and you are no longer employed and covered by current employment health insurance, then it’s time to consider enrollment in Part B.

Dual Enrollment Advantages

There are three main advantages to having dual enrollment under FEHBP and Medicare Parts A and B:

  • Many FEHB plans will waive or lower your out-of-pocket expenses (deductibles, copayments and coinsurance) when Medicare is the primary payer (usually after you are retired).
  • Medicare caters to the needs of the elderly. Some services are covered more generously by Medicare than FEHBP and when combined with FEHBP coverage often result in 100 percent coverage.
  • If you’re covered by both Medicare and FEHBP, you have some security: There’s always the possibility that one or the other plans changes in the future, but even if that happens, you’ll be able to fall back on the fact that you are covered for most health care expenses that you might face.

If you’re going to turn 65 next year, this open season (which runs through Dec. 8) might be a good time to consider which FEHBP plan will work best with Medicare. It may not be the same one you’ve been using throughout your federal career.

To evaluate the coordination of coverage between FEHBP and Medicare, review Section 9 of your FEHBP brochure. Narrow your selection to a few plans in your area that may be well suited to your needs. Also, GEHA, an FEHBP plan provider, has produced a YouTube seriesthat provides an overview of how all FEHBP plans coordinate with Medicare. And the National Active and Retired Federal Employees of New York has a website on the subject.

As I mentioned last week, I am participating in several open season events where I will be discussing Medicare and FEHBP. Consider signing up for the three-part webinar series that I’m conducting with Micah Shilanski. The last part is specifically dedicated to Medicare and FEHBP. You also can tune in to the series of “For Your Benefit” programs on Federal News Radio that I co-host with Bob Leins. These shows air on Mondays at 10 a.m. on AM 1500 in the Washington area and also are archived online. Upcoming open season programs will include:

  • Nov. 17: SAMBA FEHBP and FLTCIP
  • Nov. 24: Aetna FEHBP
  • Dec. 1: Kaiser FEHBP
  • Dec. 8: Open Season Wrap-Up

Also, feel free to use the comments section below to ask your questions about FEHBP choices. I’ll take up some of them in a future column.

(Image via Nata-Lia/Shutterstock.com)


By Tammy Flanagan

November 13, 2014



[November 17, 2014] Sad News: Passing of Linda Graziani

 

From: Weber Richard 
Sent: Friday, November 14, 2014 5:36 PM
To: *CI EMP
Subject: Passing of S/A Linda Graziani

 

It is with deep sadness that I inform you of the sudden passing of Senior Analyst/Special Agent Linda Graziani.   

 

Linda suffered an aneurism Tuesday and underwent brain surgery early Wednesday morning and was in the Intensive Care Unit.  Unfortunately, she was unable to recover and passed away Thursday afternoon.   Linda started with IRS-CI in June 1995 as a special agent in the San Antonio office.  She went on to be a SSA in El Paso and Dallas, the RAC of the Austin SDC and in 2013 was selected as a Senior Analyst in RPE.  She had many friends in CI and those who were close to her describe her as extremely talented, professional and passionate about her job.  Linda was also a single parent and put herself through college, earning an MBA.  Her loss is tragic to her family and our CI family.

 

Please keep her family and friends in your thoughts and prayers as we support and show our respect to her son Michael, grandson Daxton, her parents and siblings.

The numerous offices Linda touched throughout her career, as well as our entire agency, will mourn her loss and will greatly miss her friendship and tremendous contributions to IRS-CI.  It is incredibly sad to lose her as a member of our family.

 

Details regarding funeral services will follow.

 

Rich

 

Richard Weber

Chief, IRS - Criminal Investigation

(202) 317 - 3200

Richard.Weber@ci.irs.gov

 



[November 06, 2014] Sad News: Passin of AFSA-IRS Member Bob Freeland

Former IRS S/A “Bob” Freeland from Pawley’s Island SC and long time AFSA member suffered a sudden and fatal heart attack on 9/16/14.  His obituary appeared in the Myrtle Beach Sun News of 11/5/14.   Bob became a US Army contract employee re a citizen’s goodwill program in Iraq after retiring from CID.  Bob was a guest speaker at a  AFSA Convention and led an effort for AFSA members to donate surplus personal hygiene products for active duty military personnel.   Bob’s obituary recommended that donations should be directed to any recognized veteran’s fund or family assistance program.



[November 03, 2014] Sad News: Passin of Harry Heckert

Harold R. "Harry" Heckert

August 14, 1940 - October 30, 2014

 

Harold "Harry" R. Heckert (S.A. (Ret.)), 74, of Naperville, IL, passed away on Thursday, October 30, 2014, after a two year battle with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS).

Beloved husband of Virginia "Ginny" Heckert for 48 years, loving father of Christine (Mike) Cody and Laura Rewerts, devoted grandpa to Michael, Maggie, Ethan, Veronica, Alex and Nick.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold D. and Bernice A. Heckert, originally from the East Side of Chicago.

Harry was a retired Special Agent with the U.S. Departments of Treasury and Defense and also a U.S. Navy veteran.

Funeral Information

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, November 15, 9:30 AM at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 36 N. Ellsworth St., Naperville.

A private interment will follow at SS. Peter & Paul Cemetery, Naperville, IL.

Arrangements by Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Naperville, IL.

For more information, please call 630-355-0213.

Donations Information

In lieu of flowers, memorials to: SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 36 N. Ellsworth St., Naperville, IL 60540, (630)355-1081,www.sspeterandpaul.net

Donations Link:

SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church

Florists and Heart Felt Gifts


http://www.friedrichjones.com/obits/obituaries.php/obitID/566700/Harold-R-Harry-Heckert



[September 15, 2014] Randy Gregory Softball Tournament

The 2nd Annual

Randy Gregory Softball Tournament

Saturday, September 27, 2014

(rain or shine)

9:00am-6:00pm

CCBC - Catonsville

800 South Rolling Road, Catonsville, MD, 21228

$25 entry fee for each player/Team Rosters and Money due to Kathy Montemorra by Friday, September 19th

Individual Players will gladly be placed on a team!

If you aren’t a softball player, no problem, come out and enjoy the day with Randy!

 

Hot Dogs, Chips, Water, Gatorade & Sweets will be provided

Raffles, too!

Donations are appreciated!!!

Tournament to raise money for our dear friend, colleague & coach!

We have received numerous requests from our CI family across the Country expressing a desire to help Randy Gregory purchase a special computer.  The outpour of caring has been tremendous and we recognize many people will not be able to attend the softball game.   As many of you know, Randy Gregory was a CI Special Agent who was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) not quite 3 years ago.  Because of this disease, Randy was forced to retire at a young age.   Our plan is to help him buy a special computer that can read eye movements, thereby allowing him to "speak" through the device.  

 

Mail a check to Toni Weirauch at

PO Box 421

Merrifield, VA  22116

 

Also, Toni has set up an account at Bank of America:

 

Toni Marie Weirauch for Randy Gregory

Account Number 2260-1248-92



[September 10, 2014] Sad News: Passing of John M. "Jack" Walsh

Passing of AFSA-IRS Member

John M. "Jack" Walsh

 

John M. "Jack", age 78 years, beloved husband of Mary C. Walsh (nee Johnson) devoted father of Mary Ann (Jeff) Akin, John A. (Michelle) Walsh, Catherine J. (Todd) Kron and James M. Walsh, brother of William Walsh, grandfather of Sara and Rachel Akin; Patrick, Olivia, Mia and Jude Walsh; and Erin Kron, many nieces and nephews in the Chicago area.  As a Special Agent in Chicago with the United States Treasury Department, he successfully investigated Mafia members and the politicians working with them, including the "Don" of Chicago Mafia, and a former Governor of Illinois.  He was an avid waterfowl hunter, making twenty seven trips to Saskatchkewan, Canada, and he spent eighteen years working with Ducks Unlimited and their East Fork Chapter.  He was an active member of the Milford Gun Club.  He will be remembered as a loving husband and parent, a sportsman, a conservationist, and a very good Treasury Agent.  His motto was "Do every job assigned to you the very best you can."  September 6, 2014, residence Summerside.  Mass of Christian Burial at St. Veronica Church,  4473 Mt. Carmel - Tobacco Road on Wednesday September 10th at 12 Noon.  Friends may visit the Church on Wednesday 10:00 A.M. - 12 Noon.  T.P. & White Sons Funeral Home serving the family. 

  



[September 09, 2014] Sad News: Passing of Special Agent Pat Jest


The funeral for Special Agent Pat Jest will be held on Friday, September
12th at 11:00 a.m.  The location is Christian Life Missionary Baptist
Church, 3980 Gillionville Road, Albany GA 31721.  Telephone is (229)
405-1424.



Flowers can be sent to Meadows Funeral Home, 315 S. Madison Street, Albany,
GA 31701.  Telephone is (229) 439-2262.



Cards may be sent to Pat's Family addressed to Ms. Sandra Jest, 1122 Augusta
Drive, Albany, GA 31707.



[September 02, 2014] Sad News: Passing of Denita Jackson


Email from Sadie Towler confirming that Denita Jackson, special agent retired, had passed away.  I have no further details.  I searched for an obituary or an online guest book but found none.


Sadie sent me the information on the services that are listed below in her email.  Services will be on Thursday, Sept 4 at 3:00.  They will be held at:


FOREST LAWN - HOLLYWOOD HILLS
6300 Forest Lawn Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90068
Actual services will be in The Church of the Hills (this is one of several churches in the cemetery)
This is from the Forest Lawn Website:
Service

Last Name First Name Service Type When Start Time Location Where
Jackson Ross Denita Memorial Service Sep 4, 2014 3:00 pm Hollywood Hills Church of the Hills

I don’t recall exactly when Denita retired, but I think she was only 57 or 58 years old .Denita was married, and had a son and a daughter.



[August 29, 2014] Reuters Article Focuses on Budget, Staffing

Exclusive: IRS enforcement agent numbers could drop to lowest levels since 1970s

By Nadia Damouni

 

(Reuters) - Budget pressures at the Internal Revenue Service's Criminal Investigation Division are cutting the number of investigators there to the lowest level in four decades, and officials say the changes are forcing the division to scale back its fight of financial crime.

 

It will also hurt government coffers, they add, since IRS probes can bring in hefty fines.

 

The division investigates a variety of financial misconduct, from tax fraud and money laundering to identity theft, narcotics and counter-terrorism. Federal prosecutors around the country often seek help for cases involving money issues.

 

Recent high-profile investigations include probes into tax evasion by Credit Suisse Group AG (CSGN.VX) and Sudan, Cuba and Iran sanctions violations by BNP Paribas (BNPP.PA), which resulted in settlements of $2.5 billion and $9 billion, respectively. IRS Criminal Investigation has also been involved in public corruption cases such as the conviction of Jesse Jackson Jr., a former U.S. Representative and the son of civil rights leader Reverend Jesse Jackson Sr., for misusing campaign funds.

 

"The reason they are so important is because of the tax angle," said Ronald Machen Jr., the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, adding that he wished there were more agents. "When you are looking at individuals who steal money, they are always going to want to claim less on their taxes than they have in their various bank accounts."

 

According to data seen by Reuters, the division expects to see the number of special agents decline to 2,130 by fiscal year 2016 due to attrition, down 13 percent from this year. That is despite hiring 48 agents this year. At its peak in 1995, the agency had 3,358 agents.

 

Richard Weber, the division’s chief, carries around a pocket-sized, laminated card with a bar graph showing how his agency has been shrinking over the years as its budget fell. Weber in an interview said his goal is to get the number of special agents back up to at least 3,000.

 

"We cannot continue to lose agents to retirement and not replace them. We are at the same staffing levels that we were at in the 1970s. This is not sustainable," he said.

 

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen in a separate interview said the lack of resources means the unit is starting fewer investigations. "There are fewer cases that you can take," Koskinen said. He did not give specific numbers.

 

Overall, Koskinen estimates, the IRS, through criminal investigations as well as other activities, like audits and collection efforts, brings in $50 billion to $60 billion a year for the government, or 5 to 6 times its budget of about $11 billion. He did not say how much of that was due to the investigative unit, as opposed to audits carried out by another IRS group.

 

TEA PARTY

 

The rise of the Tea Party movement, which professes minimalist government, and an IRS scandal, has made the agency's life tougher.

 

The IRS saw its budget cut by about $600 million last year as a result of the sequester, the automatic spending cuts that were triggered when congressional negotiators failed to reach a budget deal. Koskinen said most other agencies saw their budgets return to pre-sequester levels in the 2014 federal budget, but not the IRS.

 

The IRS also last year revealed that it gave extra scrutiny to conservative "Tea Party" groups applying for nonprofit status. Republicans responded with a storm of criticism and budget cuts, saying the agency was using its budget improperly.

 

Last month, the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives voted to cut the IRS' enforcement budget in 2015 by over $1 billion.

 

Koskinen estimates the latest budget cuts would cost the government somewhere between $3 billion and $5 billion of additional revenues.

 

A proposal in the Senate, controlled by Democrats, would increase the IRS enforcement budget by $31.6 million -- still $318 million below the Administration's budget request.

 

Weber got some relief this year. After a hiring and travel freeze over the past two years, the division got approval to hire 48 new agents for 2014. In comparison, the FBI got approval to hire 2,000 new agents this year.

 

Half of the 48 IRS criminal investigation agents are on the first leg of a 16-week training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Georgia. Once the students graduate, they are assigned a field office, but it can take up to two years for any of them to lead a complex case on their own, Weber said.



[August 24, 2014] Mike Cameron (retired CI agent) Ice Bucket Challenge

FARGO – If you want to warm Mike Cameron’s heart, do an Ice Bucket Challenge.

Three years ago, the 60-year-old ran five miles a day and enjoyed 100 rounds of golf a year.








Today, the south Fargo man must tool around his home in a motorized wheelchair due to weakness caused by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Cameron is awed by the money raised to fight the neuromuscular disease through the popular but bone-chilling online video challenges – $31.5 million for the national ALS Association in three weeks.

“It’s been phenomenal how it’s spread,” Cameron said.

The ice bucket challenge got personal for Cameron when he recently found himself the subject of a dedication.

The granddaughter of some of his friends dedicated her impromptu ice-water shower to him on Facebook.

“She named off a bunch of other names to do it and she dumped it over her head screaming and hollering. And then I got everybody she mentioned,” dedicating their challenges to him.

“I was absolutely knocked off my wheelchair. I mean, it was so cool,” Cameron said.

“It’s just been pretty phenomenal.”

‘All over the place’

Jennifer Hjelle, the executive director of the ALS Association’s Minnesota/North Dakota/South Dakota chapter, said the challenges are going on “pretty much all over the place.

“What we do know is that we’ve seen over a 100 percent increase in the number of dollars coming in the door,” Hjelle said Wednesday. Many of those dollars are coming from new donors.

Challenges are popping up all over the Fargo-Moorhead area.

Most challenges consist of one or two people getting taped as they have a bucket of icy water dumped on them.

The videos, and the participants’ challenges to others to join, are then posted online on sites like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.

But some challenges can get elaborate. Among those in F-M Wednesday:

  • At the Fargo headquarters of General Equipment & Supplies, 20 to 25 employees raised funds by getting ice water dumped on them from the bucket of a Komatsu loader. “It was funny. The loader operator started it slow, then he just did it in two big dumps. People were screaming. It was pretty funny,” said company spokeswoman Amanda McKinnon.
  • Brian Stavenger, president of the Moorhead Youth Hockey Board, was drenched with a pile of wet ice rink shavings straight from a Zamboni machine.
  • Fifty to 60 faculty, staff and administrators at the Moorhead campus of Minnesota State Community and Technical College had water dumped on them by two front-end loaders.

In aggregate, the funds raised have been phenomenal. In a similar three-week period last summer, ALSA raised $1.9 million. This year, it’s $31.5 million as of Wednesday.

Beyond existing donors, the funds came from 637,527 new donors to the ALSA, the group said.

“A huge thank-you to the number of people doing the challenges and doing the donations,” Hjelle said.

The money raised by the challenges and other donations is funneled by the ALSA into research for a cure, care for those stricken and to lobby the federal government for more support in both areas.

Awareness a boon

Hjelle said the awareness the challenges bring is a huge bonus. The population of those who are diagnosed with ALS is small. About 5,600 people are diagnosed annually, but they are profoundly affected, she said.

ALS was first diagnosed in 1869 by French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot.

It wasn’t until 1939 that famed Yankees baseball player Lou Gehrig brought national and international attention to the disease when it ended his career.

ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.

The disease progressively kills motor neurons that help the brain control muscle movement.

With voluntary muscle action progressively lost, patients in later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed, the ALSA said.

Most commonly, ALS strikes people between the ages of 40 and 70. As many as 30,000 Americans have the disease at any given time.

Losses slow, steady

For much of his working life, Cameron was a special agent with the U.S. Treasury, working out of Bismarck.

He was an avid runner, but he first noticed something wrong in 2011.

“I would trip once in a while. I thought I was just a klutz,” he said.

It progressed to the point where he thought his right knee was the problem. So he quit running and just worked out at the YMCA.

But as he played golf, “I was finding myself, eventually, unable to keep up with the group I was golfing with.”

In late summer 2012, a therapist told him his left foot was dropping and losing strength.

After visits to other doctors, he finally went in January 2013 to be examined by neurologists at the University of Minnesota Hospital. He was diagnosed with ALS.

He said before then, he had a clue of what he was facing, but “it doesn’t really hit you until the doctor says that’s what it is.”

On Tuesday, the ALSA delivered a hospital bed, a lift to pick him up when he falls, and a seat to sit on in the shower.

“You call and they deliver,” Cameron said. “They do that because of the funding.”

“There is no cure. All it takes is money to fund research. And maybe someday …” he said, his voice trailing off.

The progression of the disease has been slow and steady for Cameron. He first lost strength in his left foot, then his left hand, then his right foot. Now he’s losing the ability to use his right hand.

“They tell you when you’re diagnosed that the average life expectancy is two to five years. But I met someone just recently who has lived 10 years.

He hasn’t given up activity easily.

Last year, he played golf three or four times before he had to quit.

He didn’t give up the Y until May, when it finally became too tough to get in and out of the facility.

But Cameron’s determined to do his own ice bucket challenge

“My grandsons will be here next week and we’re going to do it. We’re going to pull it off,” he said.

“What the heck. If the rest of the world can, why can’t I?”

How to donate

You can donate to the ALS Association on the organization’s website, www.alsa.org

Symptoms of ALS

The onset of ALS may have symptoms so slight they are often overlooked. The course of the disease may include:

  • Muscle weakness in one or more of the following: hands, arms, legs or muscles of speech, swallowing or breathing.
  • Twitching and cramping of muscles, especially in the hands and feet.
  • Impaired use of the arms and legs.
  • “Thick speech” and difficulty in projecting the voice.
  • In more advanced stages, shortness of breath and difficulty in breathing and swallowing.
  • The initial stages vary: One person may trip over carpet edges, another may have trouble lifting and a third person may have slurred speech.
  • The rate at which the disease progresses also varies. The mean survival time is three to five years, though some people live five or 10 years or more. In a small number of people, ALS may halt its progression.
  • Generally progressive muscle weakness and paralysis are universally experienced.
  • Muscle weakness is a hallmark early sign in about 60 percent of patients.
  • The hands and the feet may be affected first, causing difficulty in lifting, walking or using the hands for daily activities, such as dressing, washing and buttoning clothes.
  • As the weakening and paralysis continues to spread to the trunk of the body, the disease eventually affects speech, swallowing, chewing and breathing. When the breathing muscles are affected, ultimately the patient will need a permanent ventilator support to survive.
  • A patient’s senses of sight, touch, hearing, taste and smell are not affected. For many people, the muscles of the eyes and bladder are generally not affected.

Source: ALS Association

Facts about ALS

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is not contagious.
  • It is estimated that ALS is responsible for nearly two deaths per 100,000 people a year.
  • About 5,600 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with ALS each year. It is estimated that as many as 30,000 Americans may have the disease at any given time.
  • The life expectancy of an ALS patient averages about two to five years from the time of diagnosis. But the disease is variable.
  • About 20 percent of people with ALS live five years or more and up to 10 percent will survive more than 10 years. About 5 percent will live 20 years. There are people in whom ALS has stopped progressing and a small number of people in whom the symptoms of ALS reversed.
  • ALS occurs worldwide with no racial, ethnic or socioeconomic boundaries.
  • The onset of ALS is insidious, with muscle weakness or stiffness as early symptoms. Progression of weakness, wasting and paralysis of the muscles of the limbs and trunk as well as those that control vital functions such as speech, swallowing and later breathing generally follows.
  • Riluzole, the first treatment to alter the course of ALS, was approved by the FDA in late 1995. The antiglutamate drug prolongs the life of people with ALS by at least a few months. Studies suggest Riluzole also slows the progress of ALS.


[June 25, 2014] Sad News - Passing of Kevin Karnick


Kevin P. Karnick Preceded in death by his parents Charles and Mary Karnick, and brothers Charles, Thomas and sister Patricia. Kevin is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Mary, son Daniel and daughter Mary Catherine, brothers Robert, John and James and sister Marguerite. Kevin was raised in the Chicago area, attended St. Mary's University of Minnesota where he met the love of his life. 

 

He had a distinguished career with the U.S. Treasury Department as a Special Agent, retiring as Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Houston Area. Upon retirement he did contract work for the DEA as a Forensic Accountant.


Kevin was an active member of the Knights of Columbus, having served as Grand Knight of St. Anne Council in Tomball and St. Ignatius Loyola in Spring. He was also a Past Faithful Navigator of the LCDR O'Callahan 4th Degree Assembly. He was an active parishioner at St. Anne Catholic Church in Tomball. Visitation will be held at Klein Funeral Home, 1400 W. Main Street in Tomball on Sunday June 29th from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, with a Vigil service at 7:00 PM followed by a Rosary by the Knights of Columbus. The Rite of Christian Burial will be at St. Anne Catholic Church in Tomball at 11:00 AM on Monday, June 30th with Rev. Fred Valone, celebrant. Burial will follow at Klein Funeral Park on FM 2920. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Kevin's memory to the Daniel E. and Veronica M. Lucas Scholarship Fund at St. Mary's University of Minnesota, 700 Terrace Heights, Winona, MN 55987. 

 

 

 

It is with Great Sadness that I bring you this news of the Passing of Kevin Karnick.  

 

 

Kevin was fighting cancer and an infection from surgery and all looked bright for him up until yesterday early AM.  According to Terry Catalina, who spoke with Kevin's wife Mary, Kevin started having severe back pain.  He relocated to a recliner and passed within a short time later.

 

Kevin was a Contract Investigator for West River Group on the DEA Contract in Houston until he retired over a year ago.

 

He was as a Special Agent with IRS-CID from the late 70's, starting out in Rockford, IL.  He and Terry transferred to Houston, TX in 1986.

 

He worked in a group that handled the Undercover Operations on almost all CID Money Laundering Operations in Houston and broke the mold by carrying semi-automatic firearms in the late 80's.  Kevin worked his way up the ladder to ASAC before retiring in early 2000s as a National Reviewer for CID.

 

He will be Fondly Remembered and Sorely Missed.  He was a Great Husband, Father, Agent, Man and Mentor and touched us all in a Special Way.



[June 24, 2014] A Renaissance of FRAUD

AML CHALLENGES32 ACAMS TODAY | JUNE–AUGUST 2014 | ACAMS.ORG | ACAMSTODAY.ORGARenaissanceof FRAUDGoran Bogicevic / Shutterstock.comACAMS TODAY | JUNE–AUGUST 2014 | ACAMS.ORG | ACAMSTODAY.ORG 33AML CHALLENGESAs a former IRS Criminal Investigation(CI) special agent, I was in thebusiness of hunting down fraudsters,big-time white-collar swindlers andcrooks. The sport was not for the financiallysleuthing faint of heart. Those worthy ofcapture and prosecution camouflaged themselveswell with guile, charm and a heavyveneer of bogus money trails. As dedicatedhunters, we studied and attempted to predicttheir behavior, sought out their feedinggrounds and patiently stalked them beforethey committed another financial crime. Theprized trophy for bagging a big time fraudsterwas the personal satisfaction they would nolonger victimize others.Not to discount the horrific experience ofbeing burglarized or mugged, but having yourlife savings pilfered by someone you thoughtyou could trust often leaves a much deeperemotional scar. In my experience I have seenthat these victims are haunted for the rest oftheir lives and rarely recover financially orpsychologically.Over the years as a special agent and lateras a senior leader in the organization, I havebecome more attune to swindler activity.Like most in this line of work, you begin todevelop a sixth sense. I say this to qualifywhat I am about to tell you: People canbecome jaded. I am not above being influencedby years of forcing certain optics. Ireadily admit I may have developed a biastoward labeling individuals as fraudsters. So,you be the judge if my observations are seenthrough skeptical lenses.Recently, I have become alarmed by severalconverging trends: First, the exponentialadvancement of opportunities that fraudstercan feed and breed on; second, the explosivegrowth in the size and quantity of fraud criminalcases; and third, the rapidly shrinkingresource pool of investigators and prosecutorstasked to combat sophisticated financialcrimes. We are in a renaissance of fraudwhere it has never been easier to commitfinancial thievery and get away with it.Opportunities aboundLeaving a cash register drawer unlockedclearly opens a business up to the crime ofembezzlement. With fraud, sometimes ourcash register drawers are left wide openby gullibility, greed or desperation. Whereopportunities exist, committing fraud can beeasier than you think. There was a case outof my office a while back where a man putan ad in the paper advertising that if you senthim $50 he would send you an educationalpackage that would teach you how to makea $1,000 a week. Several victims sent himchecks and as promised, the crook sent themhis secret to success: A brief letter tellingthem to put an ad in the paper asking peopleto send you $50 like he did.America has had a long history of swindlerspeddling schemes and snake oil. Up to thelate 1990s, these fraudsters had brick andmortar constraints that limited how far theirscheme could propagate. For instance, thesize of a telemarketing pump and dump scamwas limited to the size of the boiler room; amass mailer peddling a nonexistent pain curewas limited by the cost of mailing and correspondingand an infomercial hawking fakegold mines had a steep barrier to entry giventhe cost of production and air time.But overall popularity of the Internetchanged everything. Unimaginable opportunitiesnow exist that make the transactionalcost of duping victims much cheaper andit can be done in the anonymity of cyberspace.Plus, the traits of the fraudster (guileand charm) can be vastly extenuated. Whenit comes to the Internet, swindlers can looklike a well-established business just with alittle web design window dressing.The Internet has allowed for the phenomenaof micro fraud where it is now very costeffective to scam hundreds of thousandsfor small amounts. My office worked a casewhere the fraudster scammed hundreds ofmillions of dollars from many individualswho each lost between 25 to 150 dollars.Imagine the possibilities of the newspaper adscam I discussed earlier, when transferringthat scam into spam emails and using anonymynizerwebsites. And with this new cyberglobalpresence, fraudsters can reach victimsanywhere in the world from the convenienceof their Internet café. With the Internet theworld is their oyster.Our zeal to make transactions convenientand seamless through technology hasopened new opportunities that fraudstersare aggressively exploiting. Identity theftis a glaring example of this. In addition tocredit card fraud, billions of dollars havebeen paid in recent years to crooks that stealthe identity and social security number ofunsuspecting taxpayers and then file onlinetax returns. It has become so lucrative thatstreet gangs and other criminal groupshave aggressively made it one of their coreincome streams. What makes it attractiveand safer for the crooks is that the refundscan be received on prepaid debit cards sothere is no banking money trail.34 ACAMS TODAY | JUNE–AUGUST 2014 | ACAMS.ORG | ACAMSTODAY.ORGAML CHALLENGESThe IRS isdoing yeoman’swork combating theproblem but they havenever experienced suchan epidemic of identity theft-relatedcrimes. And all of this is primarily theresult from elected officials expecting thatrefunds be conveniently paid as quickly as24 to 48 hours. Also, the IRS is not the onlygovernment agency experiencing epic identitytheft. Any local, state or federal governmentprogram that pays funds utilizingprepaid debit cards has been under attackby identity thieves. We brought down a smallgroup of individuals who were able to obtain4 million dollars in bogus state unemploymentbenefits all paid on prepaid cards.In addition to technology and convenienceconsiderations, changing demographics alsoopens new opportunities. As the populationgets older, baby boomers are retiring withnest eggs smaller than they envisioned andout of desperation some seek more aggressive,unconventional investment opportunities.As people age they become more trustingand forgetful and this all plays out well forenhancing fraudsters’ feeding grounds.Zombie fraudsters attackWhen I began my career, big cases were nothanded to you on a silver platter. You hadto work for it, dig deep and turn over afair amount of financial rocks. Casedevelopment was the order of theday to become a good special agent.But there has been a noticeableshift in recent years. Agentsno longer need to forageconstantly underdeep embeddedstones to finda quality lead.This is becausebig cases havebeen oozing upfrom under themlately.Right before Iretired, the aggregatevalue of investigationsunder mydirection over the recentyears approached a billiondollars. Many of these caseswere well over $10 million andthere were more than a few over $200million. Inflation cannot explain the hugevariance in inventory from a similar sizedfield office just a decade ago. All over thecountry, referrals, tips and passionate pleasfrom victims are coming to white collarcriminal investigators much faster thanthey can intake. Call me jaded, but somethingis amiss on the financial highways ofAmerica. It is almost as if there is a fraudsterzombie uprising.Budget constraints at the local, state andfederal level also play into this. Thereare fewer investigators and prosecutorsexperienced in sophisticated financialcrimes than in years past. For instance,IRS CI is approaching 1970s staffinglevels. This should be a large canary inthe coal mine because IRS special agentsare often relied upon by federal prosecutorsto put together the most sophisticatedfinancial investigations.To manage the overflowing financial crimeinventory with smaller resources, many leadsthat might have been worked years ago arenow passed up for even bigger ones. Prosecutorsare forced to set higher dollar criteriaas a means to ensure the most impactfulcriminals are adjudicated. The results aredisconcerting. It is not uncommon for aquarter million dollar fraudster to be thrownback into Swindler Lake — much too smallof a catch in many major cities given thecurrent financial investigator’s fishing sizelimit. In some areas if the fraud is less thana million dollars there is a chance it probablywould not be prosecuted if bigger fish havealready been hauled up onto the boat.Keep in mind, sophisticated white collarcases take much more time to reel in andmount on the prosecution wall. The effortis more akin to deep sea marlin fishingthan quickly pulling up a catfish with a net.These big cases are huge resource drainsoften taking a team of agents and attorneysto bring it to trial. With a priority to ensurepublic safety, many smaller local and statepolice departments cannot fund adequatewhite collar investigative units capable oftaking on big financial cases so they deferthem to federal criminal agencies.The Romans have a saying: Money is likeseawater. The more you drink, the thirstieryou get. Fraudsters vividly prove this axiom.Unlike violent criminals there is a high recidivismrate as fraudsters get older. They oftenbecome more egregious and rapacious in theirfinancial thievery, attempting to quench theirgreed thirst. It is not uncommon to see Ponzischemes being perpetrated by folks in theirseventies and even some in their eighties.RationalizationWhat prevents most of us from committingfraud is our moral compass. It is revealingthat studies on cheating show that more thanan insignificant portion of us would strayethically if we could rationalize the action.The significant factor in rationalization hasto do with crowd mentality. If you perceiveeveryone is doing it, you feel more comfortablerationalizing it as acceptable behavior.The mortgage crisis hinged partly on the factthat a lot of people rationalized it was okayto submit a mortgage loan puffed up withfinancial fiction. In their mind everybody wasdoing it and nobody got in trouble for it. Asmore people get away with fraud, there willbe those who rationalize that it is okay tofollow the crowd, especially if their incentiveis driven by financial desperation.Rationalization is often enhanced if a personhas no emotional attachment to the victim.This is where it gets scary. As I mentioned,the Internet has opened up tremendousopportunities not only for homegrownfraudsters but also for nefarious foreignACAMS TODAY | JUNE–AUGUST 2014 | ACAMS.ORG | ACAMSTODAY.ORG 35AML CHALLENGESgroups such as terrorists, transnationalcriminal organizations and kleptocracies,who could not care less about people’s wayof life. Our enemies are also engaged infinancial warfare.What does this mean for AMLcompliance?With recent heavy fines in the hundredsof millions levied on financial institutions,the government has made it clear that theirexpectation of what AML programs shoulddo is detect and report financial crimes —fraud. Law enforcement cannot keep up withthe exponential growth of financial crimecases; therefore, financial institutions arebeing asked to do more in the fight againstfinancial fraud. This will mean AML programswill have to be retooled and financial institutionswill undoubtedly be faced with newchallenges and expectations.The Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) was createdin the 1970s to monitor and report financialtransactions occurring in the undergroundcurrency-based, non-banked economy. Muchof the AML apparatus focuses on detectingtraditional, currency base suspicious activity.The criminal world has vastly changed sincethen. Most significant financial crimes arenon-currency based. Fraudsters often donot avail themselves to transactional currency-based money laundering techniques usedby cartels and other drug trade organizations.For instance, financial intuitions are nowsuffering a wave of fraudsters attempting toclear credit or debit card transactions relatingto a multitude of frauds schemes. And thereare fraudsters that just use financial institutionssimply to enjoy their non currencyfunds rather than launder their money.So, when it comes to detecting fraudsters itis mainly about due diligence protocols andattempting to keep abreast of the latest fraudschemes. There is a myth that many peopleharbor: Only the stupid, greedy and gulliblefall for fraud schemes. Let me assure you,this is not my law enforcement career experience.Fraudsters are genetically coded tobe uber-charmers, masters at spinning liesthat appear to be etched in stone facts. I haveseen doctors, lawyers, engineers and collegeprofessors collapse into their trickery. Ifthese highly educated professionals can fallprey imagine how difficult it will be for AMLpersonnel to detect their fraud?There is a high level of subjectivity involvedin assessing whether someone is engagedin fraud, especially if there is thick coat ofsophistication. Moving forward, we have towrestle with the fact, we will not catch themall. The cracks in the chicanery wall may onlybecome apparent late into the fraud schemeand often after there has been a public notificationof conviction.Even reaching out to victims to verifyfraud might be less fruitful than you wouldthink. It is not uncommon for a victimwho lost significant funds to be in a stateof denial even after they are told of a criminalinvestigation. As a coping mechanism,some refused to face and admit they wereduped. I have seen this even with highlyeducated professionals. There are alsotimes when the fraudster makes side dealswith desperate victims. The victims agreeto vouch on the merits of the investment inexchange for their money back.It is not unheard of for wishful thinkinginvestment entrepreneurs to break bad whenfaced with economic reality, especially ifthey are enjoying the high life. This oftenhappens in economic downturn of the underlyinginvestment. The mortgage crisis incubateda lot of breaking bad scenarios. Peoplefaced with having to tell investors they losteverything just continued to accept investmentcontributions. This situation can beparticularly challenging for AML compliancebecause the initial due diligence would haveyielded a legitimate profile.You have to know the schemes to detect theschemes. Because technology has increasedthe creation velocity of new scams, AMLdepartments are faced with the herculeanchallenge of how to effectively delivertraining on emerging fraud trends. This iswhere law enforcement needs to step inand proactively provide fraud situationalawareness. AML professionals are at a disadvantagein identifying fraud if they are notbriefed on the detailed mechanics of currentschemes. It is one thing to tell someone toassemble a clock; it is another thing to takeit apart and show them how each piecefits together. This is already happening tosome degree in many cities with FinancialFraud Task Forces reaching out to financialinstitutions. Budget constraints dramaticallyhampered the ability of law enforcement toattend industry conferences to share theirsubject-matter expertise. To mitigate this,perhaps local ACAMS chapters could alsoserve as a platform to host local, state andfederal law enforcement so they can profilerecent cases and trends.ConclusionFor the past year I have been engaged inreality checks with colleagues as a means togauge my jadedness. Invariably my observationmirrors theirs: Many of us believe therehas never been a time when the chancesof you being a victim of fraud are so great.Given this, we all need to gain situationalawareness of our financial surroundings,not only for ourselves but also for our familyand friends, especially the elderly ones thatmight be more vulnerable. Financial sharksare stealth enough to swim into calm shallowwaters without detection. This was painfullydemonstrated to me recently.Not long ago, I received a call from mycousin informing me that my elderly aunthad lost her entire retirement nest egg toa fraudster. The scheme entrapped thousandsof elderly victims who lost theirlife savings to what they thought was aprudent, safe investment offering reasonablereturns from someone they trusted foryears. As I questioned my cousin on whathappened, I painfully realized the fraudstershad played them well, covered theirtracks and left little openings for a strong,quick encompassing prosecution. It was ascenario I have seen time and time againbut now it hit home. The scheme turned outto be well over a half a billion dollars andprobably the largest in the state.My guess is that the same sophisticatedsubterfuge used on the victims to keep themat bay was also applied to the financial intuitions.The story profoundly embeds into methe belief that it could happen to anyone andto any financial institution. No matter howmuch we build our programs to detect financialfraud, the resourceful predator fraudsterswill always find ways to swim throughthe nets. And so I become even more jaded;we may never be able to build the perfectfraudster mouse trap.Paul Camacho, vice president of AMLCompliance, Station Casinos LLC, LasVegas, NV, USA, paul.camacho@stationcasinos.comMost significantfinancial crimes arenon-currency based



[June 18, 2014] Sad News:Polly Lisnock, wife of retiree Joe Lisnock, was murdered on Friday, June 13.

Polly Lisnock, wife of retiree Joe Lisnock, was murdered on Friday, June 13. Joe and Polly had stopped by the home of a neighbor.  Unbeknownst to them, the neighbor had been murdered by an as yet unidentified assailant.  Polly was at the front door when she was shot by the intruder, and Joe was also wounded.  Joe’s injuries are not life threatening and he is expected to make a full recovery.  The murderer fled, and was himself killed by police after a lengthy car chase.  That is all I know.
 Joe and Polly had retired to the Carson City, Nevada area quite a few years ago.  There will be a Celebration of the life of Polly Lisnock on Friday, June 20 at the 
FitzHenry’s Funeral Home3945 Fairview DrCarson City, NV 89701(775) 882-2644
Condolences can be sent to Joe at5015 Leo Bingo CtWashoe Valley, NV 89704
Here  is a link to the Guest book at FitzHenry’s where further condolences may be posted:http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Polly-Lisnock&lc=6761&pid=171389150&mid=6013240



[June 15, 2014] Sad News - Passing of Ralph F. Kieser

Ralph F. Kieser, 91, of St. Joseph, Missouri died Sunday, June 15, 2014.
He was born August 8, 1922, at the family farm outside Cosby, Mo,  the son
of Charles and Lydia Kieser. He graduated from Central High School in St.
Joseph in 1939. He served 3 1/2 years with the U.S. Army Air Corps during
World War II. Ralph married Mary Louise Kline on August 17, 1944. He graduated from Northwest Missouri State College in Maryville in 1949. In 1974 Ralph retired from his career as a Special Agent with the I.R.S. Criminal Investigation Intelligence Division in Kansas City, MO, where he had also served as supervisor for 10 years. Ralph and Mary retired to Florida, traveled to numerous countries and islands, and served as hospital volunteers. They returned to St. Joseph, Mo in 2002 where they were members of Wyatt Park Baptist Church. Ralph is survived by his wife Mary, two children, Gary Kieser (Susan) of Carmichael, CA, and Linda Talley (Paul, deceased) of Fairfield, IA, and three grandchildren



[June 11, 2014] Ralph Jacoby's Celebration of a Life Event

Ralph Jacoby's Celebration of a Life event at Via Verde Country Club next Saturday, June 21, 2-4, finger food and open bar.  Would really like many of his past colleagues to take the open mike and share an experience or story about Ralph.



[June 09, 2014] Sad News: Passing of Stuart Schafnitz


A Celebration of  the Life of Stuart Schafnitz will be held at 11:00 a.m.  on Saturday, 14 June, at the following location: Lutheran Church of the Cross24231 El Toro RoadLaguna Woods, CA 92637 Please join us in honoring Stuart.  Feel free to pass this information on.   The following was sent to all CI personnel by CI’s Chief Weber: It is with deep sadness that I inform you of the passing of IRS-CI Supervisory Special Agent Stuart Schafnitz.  Stu was diagnosed with lymphoma last year and checked into the hospital on May 20th to receive intensive amounts of chemotherapy in order to prepare for a stem cell transplant. Unfortunately, yesterday Stu took a turn for the worst and spent the day in the Intensive Care Unit.  He had unexpectedly developed a whole body infection and required surgery.  He did not have the immunity necessary to fight off the devastating infection.  He passed away this afternoon. Stuart started with CI as a Student Trainee in August 2000 at the LA Field Office, San Bernardino Post of Duty.  He was immediately respected and appreciated by his fellow agents and supervisors.  He converted to a Special Agent position in January 2002 and transferred to Laguna Niguel.  He was well-loved by everyone who worked with him and was a significant member of our CI family. Stu was also on the Board of our Federal Building's child-care facility and an active member of our Federal community.  The LA Field Office has expressed to me how much they will miss Stu.  So many people watched him advance from a student to a Special Agent and finally a Supervisory Special Agent.  He became the SSA of Group 05 inLaguna Niguel in 2012 and led a team of agents through numerous high-impactinvestigations including offshore banks and political corruption cases. I'm told that Stu was such a nice guy with a signature chuckle, always willing to help but never asking for credit, with a really relaxed demeanor that put everyone at ease. He was smart and kind, but did not suffer fools well. He owned up to his mistakes and expected others to do the same. He was at a really great place in his life, married to his soul mate, two adorable kids, had just finished building his dream house, and he loved being an SSA. He was a talented and dedicated Agent, a respected leader and a wonderful husband and father.  He leaves behind his beautiful wife Regina, his two young children, his parents, sister, and numerous friends and co-workers. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers as we support and show our respect to his wife Regina, daughter Charlotte (6 years old) and son William (3 years old). The LA Field Office, as well as our entire agency, will mourn his loss and will greatly miss his leadership and outstanding contributions to IRS-CI. It is incredibly sad to lose a member of our CI family.  Richard Weber, Chief   IRS Criminal Investigation



[April 27, 2014] Sad News - Passing of Walter Elijah Gupton

Walter Elijah GuptonObituaryGuest Book'Bo' Walter Elijah "Bo" Gupton, 77, died on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Bo was born May 10, 1936 in Nash County son of the late Stephen Thomas and Jane Parrish Gupton. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Dr. Tommy Gupton and Billy Gupton. He served in the US Coast Guard, graduated from Atlantic Christian College and started his career with the Internal Revenue Service, where he became a special agent with the Criminal Investigation Division. Bo was a friend to all who knew him. He always put family first and did everything he could possibly do for his beloved wife of 57 years, Gail, and his two adoring children, Cindy and Bryan, and the rest of the family. When granddaughter Cameron came along, he found a renewed energy and treasured every moment with his Bo-peep. More recently, Bo and Gail loved their visits to the mall, walking there almost every day, and expanding their circle of friends. Bo took great pleasure in helping his friends--from assisting with their taxes to driving them to doctors' appointments in Raleigh and Greenville. He never took credit for this; he simply wanted to help. Bo was truly selfless. Surviving are his wife, Gail Pittman Gupton; son Bryan Gupton of Raleigh, daughter Cindy Gupton Roseberry of Surfside Beach, SC and a granddaughter, Cameron Lee Roseberry; Brother Frank R. Gupton and wife Pat of Rocky Mount; sisters in law, Becky S. Gupton of Rocky Mount and Helen C. Gupton of Raleigh; many nieces and nephews andcousins. A memorial service will be held 2:00 PM Saturday, April, 26, at Bo's home, 3600 Litchfield Drive, Rocky Mount with Rev. David Benson officiating. The family will receive friends from 12:30 until service time. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Rocky Mount, 200 S. Church St., Rocky Mount NC 27804 or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital , 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis TN, 38105. Arrangements are by Heritage Oaks Funeral and Cremation Service, 3240 Zebulon Road, Rocky Mount. Condolences may be sent to the Gupton family at info@heritgeoaksfcs.comPublished in Rocky Mount Telegram from Apr. 25 to Apr. 26, 2014 -



[March 11, 2014] Retired Agents Testify in Chicago


Retired Agents Testify in Chicago ... On Friday, February 28, three retired special agents testified before the Chicago City Council regarding the naming of the new ATF building in Washington DC.  It has been proposed to name the building after ATF agent Elliot Ness.  Chicago Alderman Ed Burke requested the testimony of retired IRS agents for factual information regarding Elliot Ness’ participation in the investigation of Al Capone.  Retired CFO SA’s Bob FeuselBill Desmond and Bill Paulin testified to the factual historic information regarding the Al Capone investigation?



[March 02, 2014] IRS Criminal Investigation Issues Annual Report

IRS Criminal Investigation Issues Annual Report

IR-2014-18, Feb. 24, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today announced the release of its IRS Criminal Investigation (CI) Annual Report for fiscal year 2013, reflecting significant increases in enforcement actions against tax criminals and a robust rise in convictions, including identity theft. 

CI investigates potential criminal violations of the Internal Revenue Code and related financial crimes in a manner to foster confidence in the tax system and compliance with the law.

High points of fiscal year 2013 include a 12.5 percent increase in investigations initiated compared to the prior year and a nearly 18 percent gain in prosecution recommendations. Specifically, CI initiated 5,314 cases and recommended 4,364 cases for prosecution. These increases were accomplished at a time when agent resources decreased more than 5 percent.

Meanwhile, convictions rose more than 25 percent compared to the prior year. The conviction rate for fiscal 2013 was 93 percent.

“The conviction rate is especially important because it reflects the quality of our case work, our teamwork with law enforcement partners and the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, and it represents an increase over 2011 and 2012,” said Richard Weber, Chief of Criminal Investigation.

CI continues to play a vital role in the fight against identity theft. CI initiated over 1,400 investigations and recommended prosecution of over 1,250 individuals who were involved in identity theft crimes during fiscal 2013.

As an active partner in over 35 Identity Theft Task Forces, CI works side-by-side with federal, state and local law-enforcement agencies to combat the threat of this insidious crime. One of those task forces, the Tampa Bay Identity Theft Alliance, was recently recognized as the "2013 Task Force of the Year," a national award given by the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators for investigative excellence and outstanding public service. The Tampa Bay Identity Theft Alliance was formed last year and comprises of 20 Tampa Bay federal, state and local law enforcement agencies and prosecutors.

“The Alliance represents true teamwork by all levels of law enforcement,” Weber said. “Individuals who commit identity theft demonstrate a blatant disregard of the integrity of the United States tax system and cause immeasurable hardship to innocent victims.”

In addition, the 36-page report summarizes a wide variety of IRS CI activity on a range of tax crimes, money laundering, public corruption, terrorist financing and narcotics trafficking financial crimes during the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2013.

“Our cases involved individuals and corporations from all segments of society. They led us into corporate board rooms, offices of public officials, tax preparation businesses, identity theft gangs and narcotics trafficking organizations,” Weber said.

"This report highlights some of the many noteworthy cases that were completed by CI, which is just the tip of the iceberg of the complex cases we completed this past year,” Weber added. “The dedication and enthusiasm of our employees was a driving force behind these achievements. IRS-CI continues to make our mark in history as the best financial investigators in the world."

 



[February 12, 2014] Sad News: Passing of Franklin Houghton

IRS agent loved U.S. tax code, stock market

Years after retiring from the Internal Revenue Service, Franklin Houghton still wanted his IRS tax code handy.

When his copy of federal tax rules was thrown away during his move into an assisted living facility last year, Houghton kept asking about it until finally his son Ken bought him a new one.

Houghton, of Winter Park, died Saturday of natural causes. He was 92.

Born in Boston, he moved to Winter Park in 1955 to help care for his father-in-law, who had suffered a stroke. Houghton started working at the IRS shortly after and stayed there almost 40 years, retiring in 1995.

Orlan Smith, a retired special agent with the IRS' criminal division, remembered Houghton as a standout who frequently testified as an expert witness.

"In addition to the talent, he had the poise and the charisma," Smith said.

His passion for taxes shone through even after hours.

"When you socialized with Frank, you either talked about travel or the tax code," he said.

Houghton was an avid traveler. He served in the Naval Reserve for years, and so trips with his family revolved around summer training duties, Ken Houghton said. In his later years, he and his wife, Gloria, who died in 2011, traveled around the world.

He loved to observe other cultures, said his daughter Deborah Houghton Schmidt of Ambler, Pa.

Franklin Houghton was on the board of the National Council for International Visitors and often hosted students from other countries.

"Whenever I came home from college, I never knew who was going to be sleeping in my bed," Ken Houghton said. "There was always another foreign student from various countries all over the world."

Schmidt described her dad as "practical and down-to-earth and just so wonderful."

She remembered him a precise man who gently urged his wife to keep receipts for educational expenses and his reluctant mother-in-law to use ZIP codes when the U.S. Postal Service first rolled them out in the 1960s.

He lived for many years in Maitland and was former president of the Maitland Shores Civic Association.

Houghton earned his master's degree from Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business in 1969, and he taught taxation as an adjunct professor there for many years.

Houghton enjoyed helping friends with their taxes. He taught his children to master their tax returns, as well.

"If we ever went to H&R Block, we'd be disowned," Ken Houghton said jokingly.

And, he said, his dad encouraged him to take an interest in another passion of his — the stock market.

After Ken Houghton earned $200 mowing lawns in the seventh grade, his father helped him invest in stock from United Fruit Co., now Chiquita Brands International. Years later, Ken Houghton cashed in the money, which had grown to about $1,200, to buy his wife's engagement ring.

Ken Houghton described his father as a somewhat nervous investor, often fearing a crash. He kept up with the stock market and talked with his son about it every night up until his death.

"He was still as sharp as a tack right until the end," Ken Houghton said.

Survivors include another daughter, Betsy Houghton Fulmer of Maitland, and 10 grandchildren.

Arrangements are being handled by Carey Hand Cox-Parker Funeral Home.

Copyright © 2014, Orlando Sentinel



[February 05, 2014] Sad News: Passing of Marcella U. McCain

Marcella U. McCain Marcella U. McCain, 65, of Danville, VA, departed this life in the early morning on Sunday, January 26, 2014. She was born on June 21, 1948, in Cleveland, OH, to Gladys Upperman and the late Lewis Marcellus Upperman. Mrs. McCain received her bachelors degree from North Carolina A&T State University and she had an associates degree in graphic art. She had a very lucrative career as a Criminal Investigator for the IRS for 25 years until her retirement in 2002. After retiring from the IRS, Mrs. McCain worked in Tanzania, for the next two years under various contracts. She was very active in the Kennel Club in Danville, and trained her prized poodle, Max, to be a therapy dog. She later became a substitute teacher for the City of Danville. Mrs. McCain is survived by her mother; her husband, Walter McCain; her daughter; son; seven grandchildren; and three sisters. Service will be held for Marcella McCain on Saturday, February 1, 2014. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church at 10 a.m.



[January 21, 2014] Sad News: Passing of Dave Ciesla

SAD NEWS regarding one of our Buffalo retired special agents, Dave Ciesla, who passed away on 12/17/13.Dave was a great person and will be very missed by everyone who knew him. 
     On December 17, 2013, former special agent Dave Ciesla, passed away after suffering a massive stroke. Dave began his career with CI in the late 1960's when CI was known as the Intelligence Division. He received his bachelors degree from Alliance College in Pennsylvania and his masters in accounting from Northeastern University. Dave spent his entire career working in the Buffalo, NY office, retiring in early 2001. During his career, Dave worked every type of income tax case and was assigned to the OCDETF in Buffalo, where he worked many important cases with the U.S.Attorney's Office, DEA and the NY State Police. Besides the enjoyment Dave received from being a special agent, he also enjoyed playing golf, having been a member of the IRS Golf League for over 40 years and was also an avid skier. Dave was predeceased by his wife and is survived by his daughter, Megan and his brothers and sisters. Dave was a special guy known for his sense of humor and personality. He will be missed very much by his many friends.



[January 21, 2014] Sad News: Passing of AFSA Member Robert T. Sultan

Robert T. Sultan, 73, died suddenly on December 23, 2013 in North Easton, Mass.  Bob retired in 1996 after 20 years as a special agent in IRS-CID. At various times in his career, he worked in offices in Washington, D.C., Indianapolis, Hammond/Gary, Indiana and Deerfield Beach, Florida. He was very proud of his work with the IRS.

 

Bob retired as a Lt. Colonel after 25 years in the U.S. Army Reserves.  After retirement, he worked for several agencies doing background reviews until retiring completely last year.

 

He was a devoted father and adoring grandfather.  Bob is survived by his son, Brad Sultan, and his daughter, Lauren S. Hollop, both of Boston, Mass. He is also survived by his beloved grandchildren, Ethan and Andrea Hollop. If anyone would like to contact his family, they may email his son, Brad, at tmdess@earthlink.net.



[January 15, 2014] Passing of Louis Joseph (Louie) Schroeder

Louis Joseph (Louie) Schroeder, age 83, passed away peacefully in the presence of family and under hospice care at Kindred Hospital in Northlake, IL and was welcomed to heaven on Sunday, December 1, 2013. He was born May 18, 1930 to the late George and Armeline (Proulx) Schroeder. On June 20, 1953 he and Joan Pischel were united in marriage in West Chicago, IL.
Louie was a 1950 graduate of Merrill Senior High School where he was MVP of the Merrill Bluejay football team in 1948, was a cheerleader, played saxophone in the band and also played for the 1949 Merrill Foxes Football Club. During high school he held jobs as a taxi driver and bell hop at the Badger Hotel. After graduation, Louie began studying and playing football at Marquette University. In 1951 he joined the Air National Guard where he spent the majority of his time as a Military Police Officer with the 128th Refueling Wing in Milwaukee, WI. In 1953, he joined the Milwaukee Police Force where he spent 11 years before joining the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Department in Chicago IL. Along the way, Louie and Joan raised seven children together.
Louie retired in 1984 as a Senior Master Sergent after 33 years in the Air National Guard and after 20 years as a Criminal Investigator with the IRS. In 1985, he returned home to Merrill after residing in Park Forest, IL, for nearly 20 years. Never one to sit still, he quickly filled his schedule in retirement with employment as a bus driver and monitor for the Peterson Bus Company, leading groups for Weight Watchers, singing Barbershop music, participating in Silver M activities, and bowling for the Jesus Pinbusters. He was an active member of St. Francis Catholic Church and never let an opportunity to go fishing pass him by, splitting his time between musky and walleye. He was an avid Packer, Badger and Bluejay fan. Any spare time was spent travelling and visiting with family and friends.
Surviving Louie are sons Joseph (Carol), Mesa, AZ; John (Yamile), San Diego, CA; Edward (Kathryn), Loveland, CO; Michael (Bonnie), New Lenox, IL; Stephen (Kathy), Mt Pleasant, WI; and David (Rebecca), Wheat Ridge, CO; Daughter Mary (Dean) Ritzmann, Peotone IL and grandchildren Karen, Lisa, Christopher, Jeffrey, Willow, Katie, Megan, Christina, Stephanie, Kathryn, Claire, Collin, Morley and Estelle. Also surviving are his sister Jeannine Beaulier and brother-in-law Ronnie Beaulier, Kenosha, WI, sister-in-law Mary Paulos, Chicago, IL, sister-in-law Joyce Pischel, Charlotte, NC, many nieces, nephews, cousins and countless friends. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Joan after 50 years of marriage, an infant son Christopher Peter and his brother Georgie Schroeder.
Funeral Mass will be held at 5:00pm, Friday January 10, 2014 at St. Francis Catholic Church 1708 East Tenth Street followed by a supper at the Church Hall. Visitation will be from 3:00pm – 4:30pm at Waid Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials for Louie may be donated to St. Francis Catholic Church. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences can be made at www.waidfuneral.com. - See more at: http://www.waidfuneral.com/obituary/Louis-Schroeder/Merrill-WI/1320082#sthash.fr3BOkCq.dpuf



[January 09, 2014] Passing of Guy Wilton Senter

Guy Wilton Senter passed away on January 4, 2014 at Morningside at the age of 90 years and 5 days. Guy was born the second of three sons to Oscar Russell Senter and Lucy Lee Senter on December 30, 1923. Guy graduated from Broughton High School in 1942. He was active in sports at Broughton and excelled in football, basketball and baseball. Duke University recruited Guy to play football. WW II interrupted his college studies and he served in the US Army in the Philippines. He returned to Duke University and graduated in 1949. He was an avid Duke supporter. In retirement, he rarely missed basketball, football games and ACC basketball tournaments with his buddies and family. Guy retired after 25 years as a Special Agent for the Internal Revenue Service. In retirement, he was able to spend time working as an accountant, caring for his cows, land development and playing golf. Guy enjoyed Raleigh Sports Club, Ole Raleigh Boys, Broughton Alumni and Iron Dukes. Guy is survived by his wife of 63 years, Hellon Bray Senter, and their three children, Betsy Senter of Burke, SD; Lucy Senter Brickley (David) of Raleigh, NC; Guy Wilton Senter, Jr. (Patty) of Morehead City, NC. He cherished his five grandchildren Angela, Arthur, and Andrik Brickley; Chelsea and Matthew Senter. A funeral service will be held on Friday, January 10, at 11:00 AM at Forest Hills Baptist Church, 201 Dixie Trail, Raleigh. Visitation will be Thursday from 5 PM until 7 PM at Bryan-Lee Funeral Home, 831



[January 02, 2014] Passing of AFSA Member Ronald James Poplos

Ronald James Poplos
“RJ”

January 22, 1948 - December 31, 2013

Ronald James Poplos, “RJ”, age 65, of Newark, DE passed away suddenly at home on Tuesday, December 31, 2013.

Ron was born in Wilmington, Delaware on January 22, 1948, to the late Charles and Lillian Poplos and was the second of six children. After graduating from Newark High School, he proudly served three years in the US Army and received a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart, and a commendation medal before being honorably discharged. Ron was a retired Federal Special Agent with IRS-Criminal Investigation, a retired fraud investigator for the State of Delaware Insurance Department, and was most recently employed by INS Regulatory Insurance Services.

In his leisure time, he enjoyed playing cards with friends and visiting Delaware Park. Ron loved spending time with and playing with his grandsons. Above all else, he was a devoted husband, father, brother, grandfather, and uncle who will be dearly missed.

Ron is survived by his wife of 40 years, Diane Poplos; daughter, Stacy Poplos Connor (Jim); son, Kyle Poplos; and 4 grandsons, Shane and Tyler Connor and Nicholas and Ryan Poplos.

Friends may call from 5 pm until 7 pm on Tuesday evening, January 7, 2014 at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE. A funeral service will be held at 9:30 am on Wednesday morning, January 8, 2014, at the funeral home. Interment will be held privately in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to your favorite charity or to Paws for Life, Inc., P.O. Box 407, Chesapeake City, MD 21915 (www.pawsforlife.org), in memory of Ron’s beloved dog, Tyson.



[December 01, 2013] Passing of Louis Joseph (Louie) Schroeder

Louis Joseph (Louie) Schroeder, age 83, passed away peacefully in the presence of family and under hospice care at Kindred Hospital in Northlake, IL and was welcomed to heaven on Sunday, December 1, 2013. He was born May 18, 1930 to the late George and Armeline (Proulx) Schroeder. On June 20, 1953 he and Joan Pischel were united in marriage in West Chicago, IL.
Louie was a 1950 graduate of Merrill Senior High School where he was MVP of the Merrill Bluejay football team in 1948, was a cheerleader, played saxophone in the band and also played for the 1949 Merrill Foxes Football Club. During high school he held jobs as a taxi driver and bell hop at the Badger Hotel. After graduation, Louie began studying and playing football at Marquette University. In 1951 he joined the Air National Guard where he spent the majority of his time as a Military Police Officer with the 128th Refueling Wing in Milwaukee, WI. In 1953, he joined the Milwaukee Police Force where he spent 11 years before joining the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Department in Chicago IL. Along the way, Louie and Joan raised seven children together.
Louie retired in 1984 as a Senior Master Sergent after 33 years in the Air National Guard and after 20 years as a Criminal Investigator with the IRS. In 1985, he returned home to Merrill after residing in Park Forest, IL, for nearly 20 years. Never one to sit still, he quickly filled his schedule in retirement with employment as a bus driver and monitor for the Peterson Bus Company, leading groups for Weight Watchers, singing Barbershop music, participating in Silver M activities, and bowling for the Jesus Pinbusters. He was an active member of St. Francis Catholic Church and never let an opportunity to go fishing pass him by, splitting his time between musky and walleye. He was an avid Packer, Badger and Bluejay fan. Any spare time was spent travelling and visiting with family and friends.
Surviving Louie are sons Joseph (Carol), Mesa, AZ; John (Yamile), San Diego, CA; Edward (Kathryn), Loveland, CO; Michael (Bonnie), New Lenox, IL; Stephen (Kathy), Mt Pleasant, WI; and David (Rebecca), Wheat Ridge, CO; Daughter Mary (Dean) Ritzmann, Peotone IL and grandchildren Karen, Lisa, Christopher, Jeffrey, Willow, Katie, Megan, Christina, Stephanie, Kathryn, Claire, Collin, Morley and Estelle. Also surviving are his sister Jeannine Beaulier and brother-in-law Ronnie Beaulier, Kenosha, WI, sister-in-law Mary Paulos, Chicago, IL, sister-in-law Joyce Pischel, Charlotte, NC, many nieces, nephews, cousins and countless friends. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Joan after 50 years of marriage, an infant son Christopher Peter and his brother Georgie Schroeder.
Funeral Mass will be held at 5:00pm, Friday January 10, 2014 at St. Francis Catholic Church 1708 East Tenth Street followed by a supper at the Church Hall. Visitation will be from 3:00pm – 4:30pm at Waid Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials for Louie may be donated to St. Francis Catholic Church. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences can be made at www.waidfuneral.com. - See more at: http://www.waidfuneral.com/obituary/Louis-Schroeder/Merrill-WI/1320082#sthash.NiQXPvmZ.dpuf



[December 01, 2013] Passing of Louis Joseph (Louie) Schroeder

Louis Joseph (Louie) Schroeder, age 83, passed away peacefully in the presence of family and under hospice care at Kindred Hospital in Northlake, IL and was welcomed to heaven on Sunday, December 1, 2013. He was born May 18, 1930 to the late George and Armeline (Proulx) Schroeder. On June 20, 1953 he and Joan Pischel were united in marriage in West Chicago, IL.
Louie was a 1950 graduate of Merrill Senior High School where he was MVP of the Merrill Bluejay football team in 1948, was a cheerleader, played saxophone in the band and also played for the 1949 Merrill Foxes Football Club. During high school he held jobs as a taxi driver and bell hop at the Badger Hotel. After graduation, Louie began studying and playing football at Marquette University. In 1951 he joined the Air National Guard where he spent the majority of his time as a Military Police Officer with the 128th Refueling Wing in Milwaukee, WI. In 1953, he joined the Milwaukee Police Force where he spent 11 years before joining the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Department in Chicago IL. Along the way, Louie and Joan raised seven children together.
Louie retired in 1984 as a Senior Master Sergent after 33 years in the Air National Guard and after 20 years as a Criminal Investigator with the IRS. In 1985, he returned home to Merrill after residing in Park Forest, IL, for nearly 20 years. Never one to sit still, he quickly filled his schedule in retirement with employment as a bus driver and monitor for the Peterson Bus Company, leading groups for Weight Watchers, singing Barbershop music, participating in Silver M activities, and bowling for the Jesus Pinbusters. He was an active member of St. Francis Catholic Church and never let an opportunity to go fishing pass him by, splitting his time between musky and walleye. He was an avid Packer, Badger and Bluejay fan. Any spare time was spent travelling and visiting with family and friends.
Surviving Louie are sons Joseph (Carol), Mesa, AZ; John (Yamile), San Diego, CA; Edward (Kathryn), Loveland, CO; Michael (Bonnie), New Lenox, IL; Stephen (Kathy), Mt Pleasant, WI; and David (Rebecca), Wheat Ridge, CO; Daughter Mary (Dean) Ritzmann, Peotone IL and grandchildren Karen, Lisa, Christopher, Jeffrey, Willow, Katie, Megan, Christina, Stephanie, Kathryn, Claire, Collin, Morley and Estelle. Also surviving are his sister Jeannine Beaulier and brother-in-law Ronnie Beaulier, Kenosha, WI, sister-in-law Mary Paulos, Chicago, IL, sister-in-law Joyce Pischel, Charlotte, NC, many nieces, nephews, cousins and countless friends. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Joan after 50 years of marriage, an infant son Christopher Peter and his brother Georgie Schroeder.
Funeral Mass will be held at 5:00pm, Friday January 10, 2014 at St. Francis Catholic Church 1708 East Tenth Street followed by a supper at the Church Hall. Visitation will be from 3:00pm – 4:30pm at Waid Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials for Louie may be donated to St. Francis Catholic Church. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences can be made at www.waidfuneral.com. - See more at: http://www.waidfuneral.com/obituary/Louis-Schroeder/Merrill-WI/1320082#sthash.NiQXPvmZ.dpuf



[October 04, 2013] Passing of AFSA-IRS Former Member John Olszewski

Olszewski, John J. (Johnny O.)

 

Loving Husband of Elinor (nee Cottrell).  Dear Father of Son, J. Tom (Linda), Daughters, Mary K (Bill), Jean Marie (Larry), Patricia Ann (Michael).  Treasured Grandfather of eight grandchildren and Great Grandfather of six.  John went home to be with the Lord on October 3, 2013.   John began his career in Detroit with the Internal Revenue Service as an Internal Revenue Agent. He served as Special Agent, Assistant Chief, and Chief of Intelligence in the Detroit district.  After his service in Detroit, John became Regional Commissioner, Chicago, IL and lastly served as the National Director of IRS, Criminal Investigations, IRS, Washington, DC.  John was National Director of the Intelligence Division of the Internal Revenue Service until his retirement in 1975.  Upon retirement, John furthered his career as President of  Federal Compliance Consultants, Inc.  As President of his firm, FCC, Inc, John and his associates worked with national law firms involving white collar crime and tax matters.  During his career he also served as a tax advisor to the Philippine government and developed a criminal tax fraud program for the country.  He served his country in the Army as Sergeant during World War II and was Honorably Discharged.  John was a graduate of the University of Detroit, holding Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Jurisprudence (Law) degrees.  He was a member of the Michigan Bar Association, Federal Bar Association and was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.  As a devout Roman Catholic his faith guided him throughout his life.  Visitation to be held at St. James Catholic Church, 46325 Ten Mile Road, Novi, MI  48374.  Saturday, October 12 at 9:30 am followed by a mass at 10:30 am.  Memorials for John J. Olszewski to:  Cross in the Woods Shrine, 7078 M-68, Indian River, MI  49749.  Information via O’Brien funeral Home:  www.obriensullivanfuneralhome.com.



[September 16, 2013] The Kefauver hearings: A window into the evolution of money laundering and financial sleuthing

Imagine a TV show more popular than the Super Bowl and more riveting than any top rated crime drama—that was the Kefauver Committee Hearings (committee). In 1950, a Senate investigative committee led by Senator Estes Kefauver was commissioned to investigate organized crime in interstate commerce. As the committee explained in their first interim report they came into being because “a considerable segment of the thinking population of the country had come to the inescapable conclusion that organized crime had developed into a serious national problem.”

But there was tension underpinning the committee’s work. This opinion that organized crime was a national menace desiring federal attention was not held by all, but in particular by J Edgar Hoover. Hoover publicly expressed doubts of the existence of national crime syndicates that met regularly to coordinate illicit activity and carve out territories.  Hoover’s law enforcement contemporary, Harry Anslinger, the head of the Bureau of Narcotics, had a diametrically opposed view.  It was Anslinger that made it his life’s calling to collect detailed intelligence on the crime families. He introduced the country to the term “mafia” and vocally warned America that the drug trade would soon be organized crime’s top income stream.  Both men testified before the committee.  

The Kefauver hearings were held in 14 large American cities. At the time, only half of the American households had television sets yet an estimated 30 million Americans tuned in. And if they could not watch it at home, they could simply go to the local bar, restaurant and even movie theater to view the hearings.  Below is an excerpt from the United States Senate web page that details the event:

“The Kefauver committee hearings became the most widely-viewed congressional investigation to date. The broadcasts made the Kefauver committee a household name. Schools dismissed students to watch the hearings. Housewives neglected housework. Blood banks ran low on donations, prompting one Brooklyn center to install a television and tune in to the hearings and donations shot up 100 percent.”

According to Life magazine, “Never before had the attention of the nation been riveted so completely on a single matter. The Senate investigation concluded that it “was almost the sole subject of national conversation.”

The obvious public draw was the parade of kingpin mobsters subpoenaed to testify before the cameras. It was a who’s who of the nation’s most infamous racketeers.  Some of the A-list mobsters included Tony Accardo, Mickey Cohen, Frank Costello, Meyer Lansky and Abner Zwillman.  There was also a sea of local government officials including police chiefs and sheriffs that were believed to have facilitated and protected the gangsters’ operations.    

Several subpoenaed individuals thought a well-deserved foreign vacation was more in order.  According to TIME magazine, “Many of Big Crimes big men have paid Kefauver the compliment of disappearing.”  But there were plenty that did appear to make it a mesmerizing media event. The drama unfolded according to TIME, “as a motley crew of mobsters admitted what they could not deny, chanted insolently when cornered, I don’t remember.” 

What America learned from the hearings was that the repeal of the Volstead Act (Prohibition) by no means was the death knell that many had predicted. The virulent disease of organized crime simply mutated and found new hosts.   As TIME eloquently stated, “the U.S. fast buck boys had moved in on a bonanza which proved richer than their wildest dreams.  The new bonanza: Big time gambling, organized on a big-time scale.”   

What the committee found most disturbing was “the extent of official corruption and connivance in facilitating and promoting organized crime.”   They discovered venal officials at the local, state and federal level willing to put their greed over their sworn duty, willing to look the other way, provide protection and even pass laws favorable to the mobsters.  The reigning constant about organized crime in America and throughout the world is that it needs corruption to thrive.    

In his book The Secret File, fame organize crime journalist Hank Messick commented that “the Kefauver Committee made the most penetrating probe ever conducted of the links between organized crime and politicians.” And Messick had a strong opinion on what allowed them to accomplish this feat.  “The investigation was successful largely because the President signed an executive order giving the committee the right to examine income tax returns and other information in the files of the IRS.” 

At the hearings, the committee endeavored to “Capone” those subpoenaed to testify. As TIMEdescribes, “Armed with income-tax reports made available to them by President Truman himself, the committee grilled every sheriff and police executive they could find. It was not a pretty showing.” 

By law, tax return information cannot be disclosed. Even the FBI must obtain a court order to get federal tax information.  But in a rare presidential order the committee not only was granted the personal tax returns of those subpoenaed to testify but also the tax returns of related partnerships and corporations. These business returns proved excessively biting in establishing connections because they revealed the names of the partners, corporate officers and major shareholders.  Via tax return information, the committee was given a unique opportunity to connect the dots.   

As the committee peered into the mobsters financial dealings, it became clear how sophisticated the crime bosses had become when laundering their ill-gotten gains and concealing their ownership interest. From a look back prospective we see that many of the current mainstay artifices and tricks commonly used today by money launderers were hatched and refined during this period. 

Necessity breeds innovation.  Bad guys only need to launder money to the extent that it will outwit those who might look into their financial affairs.  Up to the 1920s, kingpin criminals faced little resistance flaunting their wealth and enjoying their assets. There really was no need to launder their ill-gotten gains. Law enforcement at the time had yet to harness the power of following the money to ensure crime does not pay.

But that all changed in the 1920s when a small band of ace financial investigators entered the crime fighting scene. They were known as the Internal Revenue Bureau’s Intelligence Unit (IU), a law enforcement branch that was commissioned to use the criminal income tax statutes to combat tax evasion and bribery of Treasury officials.   
Back then, among the biggest tax evaders were gangsters who enjoyed the rich opportunities Prohibition handed them on a silver platter.  As bootleggers and racketeers basked in this dot.com-like era of crime, they were blindsided by the Intelligence Unit, who made their unexplained wealth an Achilles’ heel. Their most famous conquest was Al Capone, who took an eleven year prison hit for tax evasion.  But the Unit also took down many other legendary mobsters including Waxie Gorden, Johnny Torrio, Murray Humpreys, Leon Gleckman, Paul Ricca, Frank Nitti, Tom Pendergast and even Nucky Johnson from HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire.” The IU was slaying so many Goliath-like gangsters and corrupt politicians a federal judge nicknamed them “The Giant Killers.”

In addition to borrowing from the IU’s playbook, the Kefauver Committee called them into action to do what they did best.  They requested the Internal Revenue Bureau initiate a Special Tax Fraud Drive to subject every known racketeer to a thorough tax investigation. A master list of nearly 30,000 names was compiled for this purpose. The director of the drive used the facilities of the Intelligence Unit in the National Office.  Racket squads comprised of special agents, revenue agents and debt collectors were formed in offices throughout the country, and were placed under the overall direction of the Intelligence Unit’s Special Agents in Charge.

And the racket squads were quite productive according to the Committee. “Formation of special racket squads has been reported on all levels, federal, state and local. The Bureau of Internal Revenue has swung into concentrated action with racket squads operating across the nation and reports of commendable progress in investigations of tax evasion by gangsters and racketeers have already been noted.” 

But it wasn’t a walk in the park for the IU agents, also known as the T-Men. Gone were the days when gangsters were less attentive to money concealment matters. Syndicate crime leaders of the 1950s operated in the shadows.  They cloaked themselves in a veneer of respectability by joining posh socialite clubs and donating to charity.  They were not flashy and exercised far more restraint in publicly enjoying the fruits of their illicit activity.  Wise mobsters learned from the unhappy mistakes of Capone and other kingpins. They also placed a far greater reliance on professionals to advise them on how to make their illicit activities financially invisible.   Hence, we see in this period the burgeoning professional money laundering industry. 

According to the testimony by assistant commissioner of Internal Revenue, Daniel A. Bolich, before the committee, “unlike the gangsters of the thirties, many of our modern big-time racketeers take deliberate and carefully contrived steps to defend themselves against the possibility of successful tax prosecutions. They frequently attempt to insulate themselves from direct attack by operating through a maze of corporations, dummy stockholders, and fronts.” Bolich also testified that there exist professionals that specialize in preparing gangster returns. Bolich was a former Intelligence Unit Special Agent in Charge so he was experienced in these matters.  

The committee alluded to the fact that “in many cases they (organized crime) have invested in legitimate businesses so that they could always point to these false fronts and claim that they were no longer engaged in crime in the event that a question might ever be raised as to their former criminal associations.”    

Faced with ramped up money laundering sophistication, the IU financial detectives had to refine their art of following the money.  They became even more obsessed over the smallest of details to detect any signs that might point to a highly buffed financial trail.  Agents focused on the nuances and developed epic perseverance.      

An example of how focused the IU agent had become is exemplified by how a check for $5.10 brought down Frank Costello who, according to the Kefauver Committee, was one of the major syndicate leaders in America. Costello was financially well insulated and for years many had tried their hand at piercing the veil of his illicit wealth secrecy.  Costello dealt in cash and seldom wrote a check. His public appearance before the Committee was one of the more high drama, notable performances. A snippet of it can be viewed on the U.S. Senate web sitedevoted to the Kefauver hearings.  

Costello’s downfall, brought on by a five-year sentence for tax evasion, started when IU Special Agent John Murphy identified a check for $5.10 signed by Costello’s wife. The check was paid to a plant nursery that specialized in supplying cemeteries. On a hunch, Murphy followed the lead to a cemetery and confirmed that Costello purchased a lot for $4,888 in cash. Murphy took a look at the lot and noted it was occupied by an opulent marble mausoleum. He tracked down the contractor who received $18,615 in cash for the work.  Buoyed by this successful foray, Murphy dug through bank microfilm and identified more checks written by the wife which led to more cash expenditures. Murphy’s copious financial sleuthing led to further leads of hidden assets and debt payments.  IU agents ultimately showed Costello failed to report a total of $384,824.

It was not just Costello that fell to the IU agents as they honed their financial sleuthing skills.  The T-Men racked up an impressive list of alleged crime boss leaders originally profiled by the committee including Tony Accardo, Joe Adonis, Albert Anastasia, Pete Licovoli, Abraham Miker, Frank Wortman and Abner Zwillman. 

One notable take down was Los Angeles crime boss Mickey Cohen, whose conviction on tax evasion was highlighted in the final Committee report.  A bit of Hollywood trivia about Mickey:  A recent major motion picture called “Gangster Squad” depicted the efforts of local law enforcement in attempting to bring Cohen to justice.  The movie, however, did not highlight the fact that the only serious jail time Mickey ever got resulted from the skillful financial detectives of the IU.  In fact, after he served five years for tax evasion Mickey was later convicted again on tax charges and sentenced to another 15 years.   

In addition to the syndicate leaders, the IU brought to justice a slew of corrupt government officials who were lining their pockets by enabling the mobsters. This served as validation of the organized crime truism: It cannot metastasize without compromising public officials.  The pathogen needs corruption to replicate.    

The final committee report was issued in August of 1951. The committee had several takeaways from their work.  First and foremost was a bold proclamation that “ORGANIZED CRIME DOES EXSIST.” Peppering this pronouncement they stated “that the doubt which originally existed in the minds of many intelligent and careful persons as to whether crime is organized in the United States was in great measure deliberately planted there.”

The committee also concurred with Anslinger’s assessment that crime syndicates were infiltrating the drug trade.  In their final report they detailed numerous recommendations on how to combat narcotic trafficking in America.  They expressed grave concerns that drugs were being peddled to teenagers. 

As it related to combating organized crime in general, interestingly, several of their recommendations dealt with attacking the problem from a financial angle.  The committee recommended vigorously enforcing the Internal Revenue laws and requiring gambling establishments to maintain detailed books and records. 

One suggestion, in particular, demonstrated how the Committee appreciated the challenges IU agents faced in following the money trail to its logical end.  The committee suggested that, “The Internal Revenue laws and regulations should be amended so as to require any person who has been engaged in any illegitimate business netting in excess $2,500 a year for any of five previous years, to file a net-worth statement of all his assets, along with his income-tax returns.”

When it came to big mobster bosses, IU agents often had no other investigative alternative than to reconstruct taxable income via a method that demonstrates indirectly the increase in net worth each year. This laborious court-accepted method of proof requires the establishment of a net worth starting point.  And determining this starting point can be the most challenging aspect of this financial investigative technique.  IU agents have to counter any defense that the target obtained his or her wealth prior to the period that can be statutorily recommended for prosecution.

Obviously, the gangster financial statement recommendation never came to fruition.  But successful case work over the years from the men and women of the Intelligence Unit (now known as IRS Criminal Investigation) has continually shown the absence of such a requirement has not impeded or slowed them down.

The Kefauver hearings not only gave us a window into the evolution of money laundering but also a glimpse into how financial crime fighters hone their skills to match the sophistication of our nation’s criminal elite.  Can you imagine, though, the painful impediment the Bank Secrecy Act would have been if it was in place back then?  The Kefauver hearings profoundly remind us of the value the ACAMS community provides America and the world in ferreting illicit activity. 

Today, money laundering techniques continue to transmute and technology has exponentially enhanced this evolutionary process. No longer are money launders bound by logistics of brick and mortar financial establishments.  Money can be transferred in a fraction of a second to any place in the world. And in the cyber world new forms of currency are being created that allow for much more anonymity.  

Richard Weber, the current chief of IRS Criminal, knows very well the challenges his modern day financial sleuths face. He acknowledges that the world is entering an era that provides a multitude of digital methods of financial concealment, but he states, “IRS Criminal Investigation has a rich legacy of refining our unique skillset to stay ahead of money laundering wizards as they adapt to new technology.” Chief Weber points to the indictment of Liberty Reserve, which is alleged to be a six billion dollar money laundering operation, all occurring in the digital realm and utilizing non-traditional forms of banking.  According to Chief Weber, “Our work on this case proves we continue to sharpen our financial investigative marksmanship even in the age of cyber money laundering.”

Chief Weber also recognizes the profound contributions of dedicated anti-money laundering professionals serving as critical sentries in the fight against major crime. “Their work enables us to ensure today’s criminal elite still face a formidable foe that will relentlessly follow the money to ensure crime does not pay.” 

 Paul Camacho, Special Agent in Charge for the Las Vegas Field Office of IRS Criminal Investigation,paul.camacho@ci.irs.gov



[August 29, 2013] COLA - Chained CPI

If Congress adopts the Chained CPI to calculate the cost of living adjustments (COLA) to federal annunities and Social Security benefits, it will mean thousands of dollars in lost benefits to seniors.  The week of September 16 - 20th is National Call Congress Week. 
Call the Capital at 866-220-0044 or 202-224-3121 and ask to be connected to your representative.
You can find the direct number for your representative/senator at www.house.gov or www.senate.gov



[August 21, 2013] What Did Al Capone and FDR Have In Common?

Subject: What Did Al Capone and FDR Have In Common?

Hours after Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the Secret Service found themselves in a bind. President Franklin D. Roosevelt was to give his infamy speech to Congress the next day, and although the trip from the White House to Capitol Hill was short, agents weren't sure how to transport him safely.

 

At the time, Federal Law prohibited buying any cars that cost more than $750, so they would have to get clearance from Congress to do that, and nobody had time for that. One of the Secret Service members, however, discovered that the US Treasury had seized the bulletproof car that mobster Al Capone owned when he was sent to jail in 1931.

 

They cleaned it, made sure it was running fine and had it ready for the President the day after.

 

And run properly it did. Capones car was a sight to behold. It had been painted black and green so as to look identical to Chicagos police cars at the time. It also had a specially installed siren and flashing lights hidden behind the grille, along with a police scanner radio. To top it off, the gangsters 1928 Cadillac 341A Town Sedan had 3,000 pounds of armor and inch-thick bulletproof windows. Mechanics are said to have cleaned and checked each feature of the Caddy well into the night of December 7th, to make sure that it would run properly the next day for the Commander in Chief.

The car was sold at an auction price of $341,000 in 2012.

 

 



[August 19, 2013] 3rd Annual AFSA Cruise

3rd ANNUAL

AFSA-IRS CRUISE

Crown Princess

November 9, 2013 Seven-day Southern Caribbean Cruise

 

We are in the planning stages for the 3rd Annual AFSA-IRS cruise in 2013.  This past year we sailed to the Eastern Caribbean, having sailed to the Western Caribbean in 2011.  While our groups were small, everyone has had a fabulous time on these cruises.  This year we are planning a seven-day cruise to the Southern Caribbean for AFSA-IRS members and their guests as an extension to the AFSA-IRS convention being held in Ft. Lauderdale in November 2013. Group space has been reserved on the Crown Princess ship sailing from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on November 9, 2013.  Ports of Call include Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Curaçao, Aruba, Princess Cays, Bahamas, and returning to Ft. Lauderdale.  See the accompanying flyer for more information on the Ports of Call.

Crown Princess is one of the largest ships in the Princess fleet and boasts all the innovative signature features for which they are renowned.  Enjoy sweeping views of romantic landscapes across the world and the serenity of The Sanctuary.  The casual street café atmosphere of the Italian-inspired, piazza-style Atrium serves up fresh pastries and baked goods in the morning and assorted other offerings throughout the day, as well as a wine and seafood bar.  Several signature Princess venues have been further enhanced, including an expanded Trattoria Sabatini with a new piano lounge area and the addition of pub fare to the trademark Wheelhouse Bar. A new Steak and Seafood restaurant expands on the Sterling Steakhouse concept with an open, theater-style kitchen where chefs will custom-prepare steamed shellfish and cooked-to-order steaks and chops.  Later in the evening enjoy a first-run film at the sensational outdoor Movies Under the Stars big screen theater.

Plan on attending the 2013 AFSA-IRS convention at the Riverside Hotel located on the quaint and beautiful Las Olas Blvd in downtown Ft. Lauderdale.  Then join many of your fellow agents and guests for a fabulous time cruising in the Caribbean and visiting exciting ports of call.  You are encouraged to bring guests to both the convention and/or the Cruise.  The more the merrier.

 

Kathy Collins of Cruise Planners Unlimited is again making arrangements for this cruise, and details can be found in the separate flyer in the newsletter showing the prices for the different categories of cabins.  Travel to Ft. Lauderdale is NOT included in these prices.  If you think you might be interested in going on this cruise, or would like additional information, please let either Kathy or Ron Line know as soon as possible.  Kathy’s contact information is 812-739-2800 or via e-mail at kcollins@cruiseplanners.com and Ron can be reached at 513-753-1550 or by e-mail at r44line@hotmail.com



[July 25, 2013] JACQUE RIORDON - Region 8 Director

Please join me and the AFSA-IRS Board of Directors in welcoming Ms. Jacque Riordon as the new Region 8 Director.  

 

Her area is comprised of Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, & Wyoming.  Jacque retired on December 31, 2011 with 28+ years with IRS, 28 of which were with IRS Criminal Division. She joined AFSA a couple of years before retiring.  Her primary purpose for joining was to stay in touch with other retirees. Jacque attended the 2011 and 2012 conventions and found the conventions to be great opportunities to visit with old friends, make new ones, and do some networking at the same time.  Additionally, during the 2012 convention she instructed one of the CPE courses.

Jacque currently resides in Denver, Colorado and works for the MRW Consulting Group. 



[July 19, 2013] Passing of John Rankin, Sr.

 

Today in Nashville, TN, John Rankin, Sr. passed away. He was one of CI's best examples of duty and honor. In the mid 1980's John Rankin seved as the Deputy Chief in CI to Chief Richard Wassenaar. They were a great team -- they developed CI's official undercover guidelines - working with the American Bar Association and members of the IRS Congressional oversight committees to ensure the guidelines were open and transparent and acceptable. They established the first-ever fitness center in HQ IRS and encouraged fitness. They developed a 'testy' international strategy that ruffled the feathers of Treasury officials but ultimately got the forward momentum to expand international criminal investigations. 

John Rankin was a wonderful person and he has a wonderful family. John forced you to always ask the question, "What is the right thing to do?" And then responded, "Let's do the right thing." His son, John, Jr. and his daughter-in-law both carry on his good work in CI.

His Wife Joann was his best friend and lifelong partner. They have two wonderful children and many grandchildren. I know they would appreciate hearing from you how John Rankin also touched your life.

Her address is:

Mrs. Joann Rankin
7113 Sunrise Circle, 
Franklin, TN 37067.

 

 



[July 17, 2013] Passing of Former prosecutor Fahy

Sources with knowledge of the incident told CLIFFVIEW PILOT early tonight that a man found dead of a gunshot wound to the head on Route 17 in East Rutherford was former prosecutor Jay Fahy, the apparent victim of a suicide.

“I feel like I just lost my brother,” a close associate told CLIFFVIEW PILOT tonight. “Everybody’s in tears right now….

“Something happened in the last two weeks. He wasn’t himself,” he added. “But none of us can figure out what it is.”

Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli confirmed Fahy’s death, which he said was “the result of a single gunshot wound to the head, fired with a handgun.”

Two men walking under the highway railroad trestle next to the Castle Billiards Lounge found Fahy’s body around 5 o’clock tonight, barely 1,000 feet from his Route 17 office and blocks from his Ridge Road home in Rutherford, Molinelli said. The gun was found nearby, he said.

“There doesn’t appear to be any evidence of foul play,” the prosecutor toldCLIFFVIEW PILOT after conducting a news conference to announce the discovery. “But, together with the East Rutherford police, we will try to determine what happened.

“There will be no stone unturned.”

The perimeter expanded after the body was found just off southbound Route 17, which remained closed while police investigated. No one could say when the highway’s southbound lanes would reopen.

Both sides initially were closed.

Fahy apparently hadn’t been at his office, less than a three-mile walk from his house, the past week to 10 days. After hearing that there had been a suicide nearby, an employee at the firm began hurriedly calling friends and co-workers late this afternoon.

Then came an incoming call from the prosecutor’s office. They needed Fahy’s wife’s phone number.

Anne Fahy was eventually contacted in Manhattan, Molinelli said.

“Jay Fahy was one of the most level-headed people I have known in my 34 years in law enforcement,” Port Authority Police Sgt. Michael Barry told CLIFFVIEW PILOTtonight. “When everyone else got nervous, Jay was calm, analytical. He made the complex simple.

“The reason I became a legal studies major was because of Jay Fahy,” Barry added. “He was an icon for many of us. He epitomized everything we loved about the law.

“It had to be something so horrific that he saw no way out.”

A founding and senior partner of Fahy-Choi in Rutherford, John “Jay” Fahy focused on white-collar crime. He also served as special master in technical and financial matters.

The 58-year-old, 6-foot-4-inch Carlstadt native served the public, as well, both as the Bergen County Prosecutor from 1990-1995 and, previously, in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Newark, where he was chief of the political corruption unit. He also was an assistant Hudson County prosecutor in the early 1980s.

Fahy was a frequent guest on various TV news programs, for which he combined his extensive experience with a manner of explaining often-complex matters simply and clearly.

Fahy, who received his BS in accounting and MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University and was  awarded a J.D. in 1981 from Seton Hall Law Center (for which he served as President of the Alumni Association), also lectured at the Institute for Continuing Legal Education and has taught legal writing at Seton Hall Law Center.

Before establishing Fahy Choi LLC, Fahy was as partner at Cole Schotz Meisel Forman & Leonard, PA; Water McPherson McNeill, PC and Reed Smith LLP.

He also was counsel to, and a former Board member of, the National Police Defense Foundation.

Barry, who is also a member of the foundation, said he will recommend that the organization pursue a program for people in law enforcement “who have nowhere else to go.”

“Maybe contemporary law enforcement needs something like that, with no questions asked, in helping people get the help they need,” he said. “Jay would be proud to know we’d done something like that.”



[July 08, 2013] A Tip of the Fedora to Elmer Lincoln Irey, the Patron Saint of the IRS

A Tip of the Fedora to Elmer Lincoln Irey, the Patron Saint of the IRS

by John L. Smith Jul 7, 2013 4:45 AM EDT

The T-Men collected when the stakes were highest and set a model for the IRS at its finest.

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The Internal Revenue Service has few advocates in the best of times, and these days in Washington it seems the Tax Man hasn’t a friend in the world.

The IRS has gotten a bad rap, but it has done some good things too. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty)

But the IRS has a patron saint. His name is Elmer Lincoln Irey. His life and legacy are reminders of the IRS’s long and largely unheralded effectiveness in taking down many of the most notorious gangsters, crooked politicians, and white-collar swindlers in American history.

“Our first chief, Elmer Lincoln Irey, foresaw a continual legacy of bringing to justice America’s criminal elite and wanted us to always have a profound sense of purpose,” says current IRS Chief of Criminal Investigation Richard Weber.

Not that the public knows much about Irey or his monumental impact on law enforcement. And thanks to an apparently isolated bout of bureaucratic bungling inside the Cincinnati office involving the targeting of Tea Party and Patriot groups seeking tax-exempt status, the IRS is being soaked in a Nixonian sepia lately. The nation’s tax collector has always been an easy target for headline-grabbing critics in Congress, the political body responsible for our convoluted and compromised tax code.

To date no facts flowing forth from Cincinnati come anywhere near the staggering corruption that plagued the Boston office of the FBI during the years it cozied up to reputed hitman James “Whitey” Bulger, whose racketeering trial has received back-page coverage outside New England despite its grisly testimony.

With everything from its weapons-training policy to its conference budgets and employee bonuses ricocheting through the press, the IRS makes an easy whipping boy these days. And the agency has some real challenges.

But it also has a rich legacy. That brings us to Irey, whom Life magazine called “one of the world’s greatest detectives.” The description was apt, but perhaps an understatement. As biographer William J. Slocum observed, “The story is that Elmer Irey’s Intelligence Unit was literally the last hope of the American people in our running battle with the underworld.”

Born in 1888 in Kansas City, Irey was raised in Washington, D.C. and began his career as a simple stenographer in the Post Office Department. While there he observed the highly scrupled efforts of the postal inspectors, meticulous sticklers for tracking every penny lost or stolen via the U.S. mail. Irey’s investigative skills and ability as a leader were so evident he was placed in charge of cleaning up the obvious corruption among Prohibition agents. Borrowing a half dozen top postal inspectors, he created Treasury’s Intelligence Unit in 1919, and a reluctant legend was born.

“Elmer Irey’s Intelligence Unit was literally the last hope of the American people.”

The humble civil servant—overshadowed in the press throughout most of his career by the Machiavellian and more media-savvy FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover—ran the IRS Enforcement branch. While Hoover was reluctant to acknowledge mobsters in his midst, Irey’s agents took on Al Capone’s street army and rolled up the courtroom victories by investigating their business fronts and comparing their lifestyles with their declared income.

In his 1945 book The Giant Killers, Alan Hynd portrayed Irey as fearless and fair: “His life has been devoted to his job and his wife and sons. He has never read a book on criminology. His dealings with criminals such as those in the Capone mob he regards merely as a by-product of a job essentially concerned with income tax … If Irey has any personal feelings about the criminals he jails, it is that he can’t excuse a big shot for cheating on his income taxes when little people, of whom Irey considers himself one, pay up dutifully. Everything else to Irey is beside the point.”

Irey was uncommonly aggressive. He worked closely with gifted agent Frank Wilson and sent legendary investigator Mike Malone undercover. Within months, Malone penetrated Capone’s inner circle. As the upper echelon of his gang fell one by one, the boss felt the heat and responded by putting out a hit on Irey’s T-Men. When that plot was discovered, Irey informed Capone that if he didn’t call off the contract those hoodlums would be shot on sight. Capone took the hint and tried a softer approach—a $1.5 million bribe offer to back off. Irey and his gang were unmoved.

Indicted in 1931, Capone was convicted for tax evasion for the years 1925 to 1929. He was sentenced to 11 years in prison. Although he survived a lengthy stint on Alcatraz, the effects of syphilis rendered him an oddball chatterbox incapable of returning to power. He retired to Palm Island, Florida, a shadow of his ferocious former self.

The Capone case is well known, but Irey’s boys also collected convictions against top bootleggers such as Waxie Gordon and crime-family bosses across the country. At a time Hoover’s men were busy chasing bank robbers, Irey’s Intelligence Unit recognized the structure and eminent danger of organized crime.

Irey and his agents solved the Lindbergh-baby kidnapping case, then known as the “Crime of the Century.” It was the IRS that took down the corrupt Pendergast political machine in Kansas City, knocked off Enoch “Nucky” Johnson in New Jersey, and hobbled Louisiana Gov. Huey P. Long’s political reign. Along the way his agents refined financial investigations techniques still in use today. He brought an unprecedented level of professionalism to the job as the country’s tax cop who was willing to go after the crime kings and the politically connected.

His tenure was occasionally controversial. The IRS at times was accused of being used as a bludgeon by President Franklin Roosevelt, most notably against former Treasury secretary Andrew Mellon. After an intense investigation and charges, Mellon was cleared of wrongdoing.

In an introduction to a history of the Intelligence Unit printed in 1937, the great detective who seemed incapable of boasting tried his best to snap his suspenders. The result was revealing in its quaintness.

“Successful results thus examined in retrospect have brought pardonable pride and satisfaction to the personnel,” Irey wrote, then felt compelled to add, “Unsuccessful and ineffective efforts have not been wholly without value; they have demonstrated the ‘ways not to do it’—the policies and methods to avoid.”

The prose was pure Irey: always mindful of his reputation, ever aware his words would be scrutinized by IRS critics.

As head of the Treasury Department’s law-enforcement branches, Irey was so publicly credible Roosevelt used him to help promote the need for a dramatic increase in the income tax to finance the American military effort in World War II. It was sometimes referred to as “Taxes to beat the Axis.”

In a March 9, 1942, letter, FDR took time to acknowledge Irey’s essential role: “On March fifteenth (the deadline to file taxes in those days) neither you nor I are particularly popular. On this coming March fifteenth we will be unpopular with more millions of taxpayers than ever before. Since we are to be companions in misery, I feel I should take a moment to tell you of my pride in the world of the Criminal Intelligence Unit.” FDR noted the “incorruptibility” and “A-1 efficiency” of Irey’s crew.

Irey retired from public service after the war and a decade after doctors warned him he had a serious heart condition. The great American detective died July 19, 1948.

In keeping with his character, Irey’s funeral service was filled with friends and family but little fanfare. (By contrast, Hoover received a state funeral befitting a president.) Even in his 1948 memoir The Tax Dodgers, Irey managed to shift the limelight from himself to his agents.

IRS veterans freely credit Irey’s tenacious spirit with imbueing another generation of agents’ efforts to take on La Cosa Nostra and bring down a powerful pantheon of tax scofflaws ranging from Vice President Spiro Agnew to hotel queen Leona Helmsley as well as corporate behemoths Georgia Pacific and General Electric. For IRS Criminal Investigation officials such as Paul Camacho, special agent in charge of Nevada and Utah, Irey is a hero worth of his pedestal.

“He led a group of people faced with Herculean challenges and little resources and accomplished what others thought was impossible,” says Camacho, an unabashed Irey aficionado. “He was an inspiration to many. Elmer’s leadership is marked by unwavering character, courage, and commitment to country. Elmer was a role model back then and is serving as a role model for us now.” Perhaps it’s time for an Irey revival at IRS.



[July 03, 2013] Passing of AFSA Member Lt. Col. Vernon "Bud" Hemingway Hampton Jr.

Vernon Hemingway "Bud" Hampton Jr.


1940 - 2013 | Obituary Lt. Col. Vernon "Bud" Hemingway Hampton Jr., 72, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, June 24, 2013, after a yearlong battle with ampullary/pancreatic cancer. Funeral: 11 a.m. Friday at Wade Family Funeral Home, 4140 W. Pioneer Parkway, Arlington. Visitation: The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Irish Setters Club of America Foundation (www.ISCAFoundation.org - Designate Rescue Fund), Humane Society of North Texas (HSNTX.org), or woundedwarriorproject.org. Bud was born July 20, 1940, in Richmond, Va., to Blanche and Vernon H. Hampton Sr. He graduated from Hermitage High School in 1959. He attended Smithdeal-Massey College in Richmond, Va., in 1961 and later earned a business degree from Miami-Dade College in 1971. A resident of Aledo for the past four years, he resided in Arlington for 35 years prior. In 1962, he began working for the U.S. Treasury Department - Internal Revenue Service, which led to a prestigious 33-year career in the Criminal Investigation Division. His assignments included the Organized Crime Strike Force in Miami, Fla., and the Criminal Investigation Branch in North Texas where he served as chief before retiring in 1995. Bud also joined the U.S. Air Force in 1963 where he served a distinguished 31 years as an intelligence officer before retiring as a lieutenant colonel in 1994. Until his illness prohibited it, he loved getting together with his fellow retired Air Force Reserve Unit. A special thanks goes out to Col. Steve Kriss, his wife, Joanna, and those who attended, for organizing one final luncheon in his honor. He loved you all very much. Continuing his investigative fervor, Bud was a dedicated member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) of 20 years, where he served as president of the Fort Worth, Texas Chapter. From the sand lots to the lights of Hermitage High as a Panther, his lifelong passion was always baseball. He passed his love of the game to all three of his sons, coaching and teaching each of them over the years. He was also an amazing coach and fan of his youngest son Tim's game of youth soccer. Thank you for being such an amazing father in support of all your sons' endeavors. After retirement, Bud turned his penchant for coaching to his Irish Setters, earning honors in all categories, including confirmation shows, obedience and hunt testing. More importantly, he made yet even more lifelong friends along the way. On top of all his personal and professional accomplishments, most of all Bud was a loving husband, an amazing Dad and grandfather, and a stranger to no one. He will be missed more than words can describe. Survivors: His wife of 35 years, Sharon; sons, Alan and wife, Theresa, Greg and wife, Theresa, and Tim Hampton; grandchildren, Ryan, Grace, and Connor Hampton; sister, Carol Ann Martin; brother-in-law, Jim Duncan; sister-in-law, Mary Duncan; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; many dear friends; and his beloved Irish Setters, Colin and Gavin. Published in Star-Telegram on June 26, 2013



[June 11, 2013] Passing of AFSA Member John Busse

 John Busse, a former special agent for the IRS Criminal Investigation division, Buffalo, NY, died on 5/22/13 after a brief illness. John, who spent his entire career in the Buffalo CI, began his career in 1972 after graduating cum laude from the University at Buffalo. For the next 33 years until his retirement, John was active with the FBI and other state agencies on task forces dealing with public corruption at all levels of government. He played a key role during the 1990s in investigations that resulted in the convictions of 227 people involved in 53 Western NY telemarketing companies that resulted in $9.6 million in court-ordered restitution and $1.1 million in business income forfeitures. He was lauded for his efforts in these investigations by the U.S. Attorney, Western Judicial District of NY.In 2001, John was selected as the supervisory special agent in charge for the Rochester, NY office. Under his supervision, this group achieved excellent successes in income tax and money laundering investigations. Under John's tutelage, four agents from this group have moved on to supervisory positions.John was also a member of the NY Army National Guard and was honorably discharged in 1997 as the chief of the communications section of Buffalo's 152nd Engineer Battalion. John was also active as a coach and manager of various levels of youth hockey, soccer and little league baseball teams and was an avid golfer. John will be greatly missed by his wife of 45 years, Adrienne, their four children and seven grandchildren,his mother, three siblings and all his many friends. 
I hope this is OK and not too long. There are many other things I could have written about as John was an extraordinary man. It was my honor to be his ASAC from 1996 to 2001. Thank you.
Bob Galbrith



[May 31, 2013] Passing of Members: Richard M. Johnson and Charles M. McCalmont, Sr.

≥ Sad News - Richard Johnson ... We regret to announce that retired Chicago Field Office Special Agent Richard Johnson passed away May 15, 2013. Richard "Dick" Johnson worked for the IRS from 1968 until 1989. A funeral mass is scheduled for May 23 at 10:30 a.m. in Old St. Mary’s Church in Chicago, followed by interment at Old St. Mary’s cemetery. A pre-past will be held at 9 a.m. across from the church at Weather Marks Tavern. Those wishing to send notes of condolence may send them to his widow, Kay Stinson, 910 S. Michigan Ave., Apt. 2006, Chicago, IL 60605.?

 

≥ Sad News - Chuck McCalmont, Sr. ... Retired Special Agent Chuck McCalmont, Sr. passed away on May 17, 2013 in Temecula, CA, from complications due to a bacterial infection. He was 80 years old. He served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War. Chuck Sr. became a Revenue Agent in 1961 and a Special Agent in 1965 with what was then Intelligence Division. He worked in the Los Angeles, Atlanta, Macon and National Offices. He retired from the Los Angeles Field Office in 1988. Respecting his wishes, there will not be any public services.

Chuck McCalmont, Sr. is survived by his wife, Toni, and two sons--Chuck McCalmont (Los Angeles Field Office Special Agent) and Bob (Riverside County Sheriff's Department Deputy).  Condolences may be sent to:

 

Toni McCalmont
43924 Alencon Court
Temecula, CA 92592



[April 17, 2013] 2013 Membership Directory updates

AFSA is in the process of updating the information for our 2013 Membership Directory.  Please review your profile on the AFSA website and make any necessary changes or updates.  If you encounter any problems or have any questions let me know.  MaryRuizAFSA@gmail.com



[April 12, 2013] 2013 Spring Newsletter

The 2013 Spring Newsletter has been uploaded.

Please give us your feedback and let us know how we can improve or if there is anything you would like to see included in the next newsletter.

Thank you,

Mary



[March 26, 2013] CONVENTION 2013 (Tentative Agenda)

AFSA-IRS Convention 2013

RIVERSIDE HOTEL

620 East Las Olas Boulevard

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

954-467-0671 Fax 954-377-5466

RESERVATIONS:

Group rate is offered not only for the convention but three days prior and three days after for anyone interested in visiting Fort Lauderdale.

Reservations must be received by the October 14, 2013.  Rooms not secured by the cut-off date will be released and future reservations will be on a space available basis at the prevailing room category rate.

Reservations are to be made by individual call-in.  The Group is listed as AFSA in the Riverside Hotel Reservations. Valet Parking $18.00 per day and garage self-parking is $12.00 per day plus 6% sales tax.

TENTATIVE AGENDA

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Golf tournament

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Registration

River Cruise

Board Meeting in the evening

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Everglades Bus Trip

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Business Meeting

Banquet

Saturday, November 9th - 16th, 2013

Cruise



[March 20, 2013] Passing of Retired Special Agent Nicholas Tsotsos

The CI Family in South Florida is mourning the passing of our colleague, friend and mentor, Retired Special Agent Nicholas Tsotsos.  Nick retired from the Miami Field Office after a 26 year career with the Internal Revenue Service.  After graduating from the University of Denver, Nick started his IRS carrer in the Manhattan office as a Revenue Agent, where he later converted to Special Agent.  Nick worked in both the Manhattan and Brooklyn offices of the Intelligence Division, and he spent several years in Strike Force groups investigating organized crime in the New York area.  In 1976, Nick transferred to the Miami office, where he assumed a leadership role in Project Haven, a joint IRS-Department of Justice-Tax Division investigation into offshore tax evasion centering around the clients and owners of a Bahamian bank. After his retirement in 1990, Nick worked as a financial advisor to a multi-agency money laundering task force based in Coral Gables, FL.  Nick will be remembered for his warmth, his generosity and his integrity.  Nick is survived by his widow, Helen, son Peter and daughter Joanne.  Expressions of sympathy can be sent to Helen Tsotsos, 2932 S.W. 30 CT, Miami, FL 33133.  Memorial services (wake) on Thursday, March 21, 5 to 10PM at Caballero-Woodlawn Funeral Home, 11655 S.W. 117 Ave, Miami, FL.  Funeral services on Friday, March 22, 1:00PM, at St. Sophia's Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 244 S.W. 24 RD (Coral Way), Miami, FL



[March 19, 2013] 3rd Annual AFSA Cruise

AFSA-IRS CRUISE

CROWN PRINCESS

       November 9, 2013  7-day Southern Caribbean

 

Cruise Line: Princess Cruises    Ship: Crown Princess

Ports of Call: Ft. Lauderdale, Curacao, Aruba, Princess Cays, Ft Lauderdale

Departs: Sat. 11/9/13     Returns: Sat. 11/16/13     Nights: 7

Enjoy a leisurely 7-day voyage to the Southern Caribbean on board Crown Princess.  Visit beautiful Curaçao and Dutch-influenced Aruba, as well as a stop on Princess Cays, their own tropical retreat in the Bahamas. Celebrity Eclipse will feed your wanderlust, offering the best way to explore Europe and the Caribbean when she sets sail in 2010. Luxury and spectacular design are mainstays aboard this floating mast...  Expand

INTERIOR CABI

$649 + $85 taxes = $734 TOTAL PER PERSON

 

Oceanview Cabin

$749 + $85 taxes = $834 TOTAL PER PERSON

 

BALCONY CABIN 

$1,029 + $85 taxes = $1,114 TOTAL PER PERSON

 

$500 per cabin full deposit due – May 3, 2013

Final payment due – July 5, 2013

 

Book during the week of April 15-22, 2013, and receive a $100 per person  reduced deposit, a ship-wide savings coupon booklet worth up to $325, and a bottle of wine in your stateroom.

 

TRAVEL INSURANCE RECOMMENDED  

 

Questions:  Call Ron Line, 513-753-1550 or r44line@hotmail.com

 

Call or email your reservations:

Kathy Collins, 866-486-2800 toll free. 812-739-2800 local

kcollins@cruiseplanners.com  www.cruiseplannersunlimited.com

7025 South Collins Lane, Leavenworth, IN 47137

 

Port information:

Princess Cays, Bahamas

Join us at our exclusive port of call, Princess Cays, where you'll enjoy a private beach party on the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas. One hundred miles long and only two miles wide, Eleuthera offers unspoiled beaches. Our private resort at Princess Cays is situated on more than 40 acres and features over a half-mile of white-sand shoreline, all at the southern tip of the island. The resort boasts outstanding amenities while carefully preserving this natural paradise. Take in the views from the observation tower. Enjoy a barbecue. Sip a cool drink or browse the shops and the local craft market. All of Princess Cays' facilities are linked by walkways. Recreational activities abound. Enjoy volleyball and a full range of water sports, or simply relax on the beach.

Curaçao

Historians still contend over which European adventurer first spied the largest island in the former Netherlands Antilles. Some historians claim the honor for Alonzo de Ojeda; other historians champion Amerigo Vespucci. Little does it matter; today's travelers are content to bask beneath sunny skies cooled by the trade winds. Lying some 40 miles off Venezuela, Curaçao boasts a landscape that is dramatic, stark, and volcanic. In contrast, Willemstad, the capital, seems a cozy Dutch haven with its neat row houses. And while those gabled and tiled roofs illustrate the island's heritage, the bright, pastel houses speak pure Caribbean. Islanders themselves reflect this same colorful contrast: over 50 different nationalities have come to call Curaçao their home.

Aruba

Dutch influence still lingers on this balmy Caribbean Island, part of the former Netherlands Antilles until its independence in 1986.  Aruba is a contrast: the island's arid interior is dotted with cactus and windswept divi-divi trees while secluded coves and sandy beaches make up its coast. Aruba's long and colorful heritage is reflected in its dialect.  Called Papiamento, it is a tongue that combines elements of Spanish, French, Portuguese, Dutch, African and English. Aruba is famous for gorgeous, palm-tree lined white sandy beaches that are home to calm clear waters, making them perfect locations for swimming, snorkeling and sunbathing.



[March 19, 2013] Passing of Ross M. Sutton - Des Moines District Chief CID

Ross M. Sutton, 77, of Urbandale passed away peacefully on March 15, 2013 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, March 18 at Iles Funeral Homes - Westover Chapel. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 19 at Westover Chapel. The burial will be held at a later date in North Carolina. 

Ross was born in Armour, N.C. on August 7, 1935 to Lloyd Ross and Pearl Sutton. He received his Masters of Business Administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH and was a lifetime member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. Ross served with the U.S. Army during the Korean and Vietnam wars. He worked for the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) of the IRS for over 30 years, retiring in 1990 as the Chief of the CID in Des Moines. 

Ross is survived by his loving wife, Mona F. Sutton of Urbandale; two sons, Ross II (Sara) Sutton of Merritt Island, FL and Julian (Renee') Sutton of Bettendorf; one sister, Edith (Larry) Waddell of Riegelwood, NC; grandchildren, Emily, Evan and Tre'; and numerous brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. 

Ross was an Elder at Connections Christian Church in Clive. Memorial contributions are being directed to Connections Christian Church, The National Parkinson's Foundation, American Heart Association or The American Cancer Society.

Mary Morlan Retired IRS/CI (CIS) - the former Des Moines District Chief CID, Ross Sutton passed away.  He was the Chief in Des Moines (Iowa) from 1977-1990.  If there was anyone who was almost perfect, that would be a description of Ross Sutton.  Ross believed in upward mobility and promoting his staff, especially woman.  Ross Sutton expected his employees to work hard, but he always had the employees interest at heart.  
Ross had been employed by IRS for 30 years.  He loved the job and did not want to retire at the mandatory age (at the time) of 55.  

I was one of Ross's success stories.  He hired me as a TFIA in 1981.  I took college accounting and business courses to become a special agent.   He encouraged me during this time.   I was hired as a special agent in 1986.  I subsequently was able to retire in 2006 after 20 years of being a special agent (total 30 years of IRS service).  Ross retired in 1990.  Even though he had been retired for 16 years, he attended my retirement celebration.  Ross attended his employees' retirement celebrationsduring the time he was Chief and even after he retired.

His wife, Mona, also was employed by IRS.  She was employed by Appeals.  Mona retired in 1999.    



[January 13, 2013] Passing of Charles M. Accardi

Charles M. Accardi, 94 years, Vet U.S.A.F. WWII, of Bethlehem Woods, formerly of Westchester, beloved husband of the late Dorothy, nee Tamrack; dearest father of David and Mary Beth (Chauncey) Niziol and father-in-law of Sharon; loving grandfather of Julie (Keith) Barton, Joseph (Lisa), Sarah (Rob) Hall, Therese (Aaron) Gach, Jacqueline and great-grandfather of Matthew, Mia, Charles, Michael, Thomas, Chase, Aiden, John, and Mila; fond brother of Frank (JoAnn), the late Ben (the late Josephine), Antoinette (the late Frank) Bisceglie, Jasper, Anthony and Anthony (the late Flemmie) and favorite caregiver Cheryl Johnson and one favorite cousin in law Clarice Olson. Retired special agent for the IRS, 4th Degree member of the Assumption Counsel #3671 KC and former Financial Secretary, Hillside American Legion Post, Honored by The Westchester Chamber of Commerce, person of the year. Resting at Conboy-Westchester Funeral Home, 10501 Cermak Rd., (2 BLKS. W. of Mannheim Rd.) Wednesday, 3 to 9 p.m. Resting at Bethlehem Woods, 1571 Ogden Ave., LaGrange Park 9 a.m. until time of Mass of Christian burial 10 a.m. Interment Queen of Heaven. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Congregation of St. Joseph appreciated. Michael J. Bruno Funeral Director, 708-203-5400. 

Published in Chicago Tribune on January 13, 2013



[December 12, 2012] Fall Newsletter

The Fall Newsletter is now on the website in the Members' Section



[October 17, 2012] Federal Retirees to get 1.7% COLA in 2013

See article: http://cdn.govexec.com/interstitial.html?rf=http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2012/10/federal-retirees-will-get-17-percent-cola-next-year/58796/



[October 02, 2012] Buy 12, get up to 3 free Time Again for New Members

If you apply and are accepted as a member between now and December 31, your dues paid now, will cover you through the end of 2013, if and only if you are a new member.  This does not apply to reinstated members or members who resigned and reapply. 



[September 21, 2012] New Executive Director Selected

 President José I. Marrero and 1st Vice President Mary Fran Martin are very pleased to announce the selection of Mary Ruiz, with the concurrence of the Board of Directors, as the next Executive Director of AFSA-IRS. AFSA was extremely pleased and appreciative to have two candidates who applied for the job of AFSA Executive Director. They both had outstanding qualities.

Mary worked most of her career in TX (primarily San Antonio area, along with South Florida, Washington DC (International), having 26 years experience with IRS. She retired in 2008 out of El Paso. During her career, she has been an instructor for firearms, Spanish for LEOs, Money Laundering, Asset Forfeiture and Undercover Ops. She has been a District Director's Representative, a Public Information Officer, a Supervisory Special Agent and was an acting Attaché for the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America. In addition she was the assistant director of Internal audit for the Northside Independent School District and developed a Handbook of Operating Procedures for them as a major duty, and provided guidance, training , technical assistance and oversight. Mary was also Manager of the Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG) where she was liaison between Homeland Security and the 76 jurisdictions of AACOG.

Mary is bilingual. In addition to being a member of AFSA for 6 years, she is an active member of FLEOA, the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and was a member of HIRE when employed by the IRS, as well as other organizations. She is the recipient of numerous occupational awards during her career. She comes with a strong background of people skills, organizational skills and computer skills. She is also a golfer.

She is excited about working for AFSA, and will begin training soon, and will take the position over by the end of the year. She is planning on attending the AFSA Convention, so please introduce yourself, congratulate her and welcome her to the position and offer her every courtesy you have given this current executive director.


[August 24, 2012] Schedule change - Las Vegas Convention - Pistol Competition

There will be no Pistol Tournament on Monday October 15.  The event was cancelled due to lack of coach/interest.  



[July 18, 2012] Registration Discounts Expire in 13 days for Las Vegas Convention

Register now, links to the form to register for the Convention are on the web, in the newsletter.  This is a $20 discount per person if you register before and send the money to Ron Line before August 1.  Time is running out on this discount.



[July 18, 2012] Registration Discounts Expire in 13 days for Las Vegas Convention

Register now, links to the form to register for the Convention are on the web, in the newsletter.  This is a $20 discount per person if you register before and send the money to Ron Line before August 1.  Time is running out on this discount.



[July 08, 2012] Passing of Member - Kevin Craddock

CRADDOCK - Kevin P. of Clifton, VA, formerly of LI, NY on June 5, 2012. after a 3 year battle with cancer.  Beloved husband of 41 years of Kathleen (Huether). Loving father to Christopher (Stephanie), Sean (Christine) and Karen Spicer (Christian). Adoring "Papa" to Christian, Cole and James. Cherished brother of Kathleen, Maureen and Michael and many nieces and nephews. Brother Knight of Council #10947 in Clifton, VA. Relatives and friends may call Fairfax Memorial Park, Braddock Road, Fairfax, VA, Friday, June 8 2-4 and 6-8 pm and Mass of a Christian Burial at St. Andrews the Apostle Catholic Church, Clifton, VA, on Saturday, June 9 at 12:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations to Wounded Warrior Project or AAA Women for Choice, Manassas, VA.

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Published in Newsday on June 8, 2012


[July 02, 2012] AFSA is Seeking Applicants for Executive Director

The current executive director has submitted his resignation effective 12/31/2012.  AFSA is now seeking qualified candidates to fill this position  Expiration of the announcement is 8/17/2012.  See the Job Postings for more information.



[June 27, 2012] 2012 AFSA Scholarship Awardees Announced

2012 Scholarship Program Awardees selected by Board- More information will be posted in the newsletter, but, the Board of Directors selected the following individuals for the Frank L. Smith Scholarship - Lisa M. Demaine of Epping, NH, granddaughter of member of William Frugoli; Ian Gallagher of Hicksville, NY, son of member John J. Gallagher; Noelle Steele of Laguna Niguel, granddaughter of member Peter Crowley, Jr.; Kate Nagel of Wirtz, VA, niece of Fred Meyers, Jr.; and Amanda Webb of Midlothian, VA, granddaughter of Arthur Selby. 

 

In addition, the Board awarded the inaugural James F. Howe Sr. Scholarship to Julia Zehme of Lansing, IL, daughter of member Richard Zehme. Congratulations to all awardees. The BOD was pleased with the quality of all candidates and thanks them all for applying. The Board also thanks the Committee for its concientious job in evaluating all applications. The awards are for $2,000 each.



[June 06, 2012] Been Hacked? You may lose access to the internet on July 9th


They're calling it "Doomsday" and, for some, it will be on July 9, when hundreds of thousands of victims face the possibility of being unable to connect to the Internet.

Ironically, that's because of a decision by the FBI to switch off a special program that has been keeping more than half a million infected PCs online since last year.

Victims likely don't know their machine has been infected and, if they don't check, come July 9 the Internet will just plain disappear for them.

Their computers are infected with a piece of malware known as "DNSChanger" that connected them to servers running a now-defunct online advertising scam.

These servers were in turn connected to the Internet, so victims wouldn't necessarily realize what happened, apart from their PCs maybe slowing down a little.

The malware also disabled virus-checker updates so even people who had Internet security software couldn't detect it.

Then, when users tried to access certain websites or run a search, they were directed to bogus web pages full of ads, which netted the crooks an estimated $14 million.

We don't need to go into the technical details of how this was done, but when police seized the scammers' computers they were left with a problem -- those half million victims were now
reliant on them to connect to the Internet.

So the FBI replaced them with "clean" machines that would keep the Internet link open -- without the scam running.

Victim computers, of course, still have the virus but without anything nasty happening.

But when the FBI switches off its servers, those machines will lose their online connection and won't know where to find the Internet!

Are you one of the victims?

Fortunately, there's a relatively easy way to check and to put things right thanks to a website that can detect infected machines and provide instructions on how to set things right again.

Simply go to http://clicks.aweber.com/y/ct/?l=CKbDG&m=JKfg1H6IgGtWfo&b=PQ57aTASMJIwjuuvKXGVxw -- and you will either get a green (for "clear") or red (for "infected") page.

The check does not download any software onto your PC. Nor does it run a scan. It just checks where your computer is looking for the Internet.

If you're in the clear, that's all you need do.

If it says your computer is infected, then you need to do a complete scan of your computer using malware.  Windows provides it, various software security programs provide it, and free versions are available if you look around.



[May 26, 2012] Cyber attack against TSP contractor exposes thousands of accounts

Friday - 5/25/2012, 1:10pm ET

By Jack Moore

A sophisticated cyber attack against the Thrift Savings Plan contractor responsible for maintaining the agency's data centers compromised the information of 123,000 TSP participants.

Of the compromised accounts, about 43,000 had personal information, such as names, Social Security numbers and bank-account numbers exposed. Another 80,000 compromised accounts had only Social Security numbers and other TSP-related information exposed.

However, there is no indication the data has been misused, according to the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. There is also no evidence the TSP's network or its website was affected.

Serco, Inc., a Reston, Va.-based IT firm, operates the board's data centers and maintains the TSP record-keeping system. The FBI uncovered the breach and informed the TSP board in April.

"We sincerely regret that this event occurred ... We are working with Serco and other security experts to ensure that TSP data is protected and secure," said Greg Long, director of the FRTIB.

Painstaking process to identify account-holders

The board will mail letters to affected participants beginning today.

Despite being informed of the attack in April, it took five weeks for the board to identify all of the affected account-holders.

"The data we got was in numerous files and was not in a usable format," said Kim Weaver, TSP's director of external relations, in an email to Federal News Radio. "Some files were simply strings of numbers, which we had to untangle" to determine what personally identifiable information had been exposed, she added. Finally, the information was checked against the TSP database to pinpoint a match.

"We have announced the breach as quickly as we were able," Weaver said.

Once Serco was informed of the attack, the company shut down the compromised computer and both the company and the FRTIB launched a task force to review computer security procedures.

The board has also established a call center to provide credit monitoring and will flag all affected TSP accounts to make sure future account activity "receives heightened scrutiny," according to the board's release.



[May 25, 2012] Member Dave Robinson passes away

We learned from HQ's Cheryl Hayes that the likeable David F. Robinson passed away on the 21st of May.  Dave had been a long time primary care giver for his mother, Jean, who survives him as well as his brother Chris and his family, and several other relatives and his companion, Susan Watson.  Dave had pulmonary problems for at least 15 years.  He will be remembered as a real nice person, always smiling, conscientious worker who also cared deeply about taking care of his mother.  He easliy befriended people and was extremely well-liked. 

David F. Robinson Picture

Dave was a long time Bailey's Crossroads employee, starting in CI in 1977 and retiring in 2004 as a Senior Analyst.  He worked at FinCEN at the end of his career for a number of years. 

Viewing will be held on Saturday, May 26th at Money and King Funeral home, 171 Maple Ave, Vienna, from 10-11.

The funeral will be on Saturday, May 26th at Noon at Holy Cross Episcopal Church, 2455 Gallows Rd, Dunn Loring, VA. See obit:   http://www.moneyandking.com/_mgxroot/page_10780.php?task=Current&listing=All

 



[May 17, 2012] Chief Weber Makes Executive Appointments

I wanted to personally thank Rick Raven for his tremendous leadership of CI during the months that he served as Acting Chief and for the time he served as our Deputy Chief. I fully support Rick’s request to go back to the field as the SAC of the Washington DC FO. I have worked closely with Rick for many years and will miss having him in the office next door. I am very happy that he will continue to play a key role on my team and look forward to working closely with him as a key executive SAC. Deputy Commissioner Steven Miller just issued an announcement appointing Patty Haynes as the Acting Deputy Chief, and below is my announcement appointing Chuck Pine as the permanent Director of Field Operations, Eastern Area, and Rebecca Sparkman as the Director, Operations Policy & Support. At this time I am not backfilling Patty’s vacancy as the Executive Director, Investigative and Enforcement Operations. I will continue to keep you posted as I announce vacancies to backfill into positions vacated by these key executives. Please join me in congratulating Rick, Patty, Chuck, and Rebecca on their new assignments.  (Note:  Patty Haynes' daughter, Carolyn,  was an AFSA Scholarshp awardee last year)



[May 16, 2012] AFSA Oldest Member, Charles Hill Passes Away

 

AFSA learned today that our oldest member passed away on May 5 as a result of injuries sustained from a fall at his home Charles retired as a group manager in the

Charles H. Knight- 8/25/1910 - 5/5/2012
Charles H. Knight 8/25/10 - 5/5/2012

Washington DC POD in May 1971, and began there in February 1945. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Dorothy, also a former IRS employee and a former Miss IRS! His daughter Charisse Ricci also survives him and two grandchildren. Charles knew he retire in FL, and while still working, would vacation summers in various FL locales, finally picking Lake Mary as the place to retire. He loved the outdoors and Florida. After retirement, he worked several different jobs, completely unrelated to investigations. He was a Shriner, a charter member of and active member of his church, Sanlando United Methodist Church. In his younger days he played tennis and swam. He was very proud of his service with IRS-CID and proudly carried his retirement badge with him constantly. He was in very good health until his fall, walked a lot, had always driven a Cadillac and according to Dorothy, "pretty much lived the life of Riley" but was active in his daughter's and his grand son, Cameron's and granddaughter Alex's lives. Travelling with them, including trips to Disney. Charles was an avid fan of the Washington Redskins and the Atlanta Braves his entire life. His daughter said he was a good man and there are many good memories of him. Thanks to Dorothy and Charisse for sharing memories of him with us. Condolences may be sent to the family care of Dorothy Knight at 1021 Royal Gardens Circle, apt. 310, Lake Mary, FL 32746



[May 16, 2012] Social Security Link added to Federal Retiree Section of lInks

Get Your Social Security Statement Online

Social Security Statements are now available online. The online Statement also provides estimates for disability and survivors benefits, making the Statement an important financial planning tool. Everyone should get in the habit of checking their online Statement each year, around their birthday, for example.”

In addition to helping with financial planning, the online Statement also provides workers a convenient way to determine whether their earnings are accurately posted to their Social Security records. This feature is important because Social Security benefits are based on average earnings over a person’s lifetime. If the earnings information is not accurate, the person may not receive all the benefits to which he or she is entitled. The online Statement also provides the opportunity to save or print the personalized Statement for financial planning discussions with family or a financial planner.

http://www.socialsecurity.gov/mystatement

Retirement Readiness NOW is not just about saving money and not just something you do just before retiring. Money is very important, but that’s not all. There’s a lot more to planning for your future than putting aside income out of each paycheck for retirement.



[April 30, 2012] Proposed amendment to the By-laws regarding non-payment of dues or assessments

Proposed amendment to the By-laws regarding the Non-payment of Dues or Assessments

 

 

At the 2012 Spring Teleconference Board of Directors meeting, the Board of Directors approved a motion to amend the AFSA By-Laws regarding the by-laws pertaining to Article II., Section 5(b) Non-payment of Dues or Assessments. Under current provisions, members are terminated by the Board after being delinquent 90 days in dues and with a 30 day notice of such intention to  terminate delivered by mail.  At the Spring 2012 Meeting, the Board recommended that the current provision be revised to require that the procedure be shortened to 60 days from 90, that notice may be delivered by to the last known email address of the member.  Procedures are also clarified as to new members, who are required to pay with application, but are given a 30 day grace period before being dropped. In addition, delegations are spelled out to avoid the necessity of a Board Meeting to handle the suspensions/terminations.  Suspensions are added to address the procedure thus allowing for the non-payment of dues to merely require payment of dues, rather than reapplying for membership. Multiple suspensions for nonpayment may result in termination. 100% of the Board of Directors approved such a recommendation.  Thus, at the 2012 Annual Meeting, the members in attendance will need to ratify this proposed amendment to the AFSA By-Laws.  The proposed new provision, Article II – Membership, Section 5 (b) will read:

 

Nonpayment of Dues or Assessments. Failure to pay timely any dues or assessments as provided by

ARTICLE VIII of these By-Laws shall be reason for termination or suspension of a membership in the Association by the Board of Directors, or the Board’s designee, the Executive Director.  No membership shall be terminated or suspended for this reason (1) unless such dues or assessments are delinquent for a period of 60 days and (2) after 30 days written notice of such proposed action by mail (electronic or written), to such member at his/her last known mailing or email address shown on the records of the Association.  Notice may be accomplished by email to the last email address of the member, or if no email address is on record, by written notice delivered by regular U.S. Mail to the address in the member’s profile.  This may include such notice being included on a second/final dues noticeIf payment is not made within the grace period, membership is automatically terminated or suspended.  The Board of Directors or its designees (Executive Director or Treasurer) may reinstate such member once payment of said dues has been received.  In the case of new members, a new member applicant is to submit their dues upon application.  The Association may allow a grace period and include a dues notice in the welcome packet.  If the dues for a new member are not paid within 30 days of being accepted as a member, that member may be terminated or suspended without further action by the Board or its designee.   The Board of Directors may waive dues or assessments owed by a member in hardship cases.



[April 07, 2012] Former Member John C. Price passed away April 7

John, retired in 1980  as a senior analyst from the MWRegional Office. He started as an agent in 1960 as an agent, and later group manager in the Chicago District.  John's notice:   http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/chicagotribune/obituary.aspx?pid=156911162  John lived in Tinley Park, IL.  He died after complications from a stroke he suffered a few weeks ago.  John was an avid chess player and was known for his quick wit and great sense of humor.  Thanks to Vince Weltz for passing this on to us.  John is survived by his wife, Suzanne, and daughter Nancy.  Condolences may be sent to the family at 17312 Avon Lane, Tinley Park, IL.



[April 05, 2012] Passing of Member Rudy Deutsch

Rudolph A. (Rudy) Deutsch


<!-- Rudolph (Rudy) A. Deutsch -->Rudolph (Rudy) A. Deutsch Age 87, born October 16, 1924 in Bronx, NYC to Arthur and Wilhelmina (Socha) Deutsch died at home in Tucson on March 18, 2012. Rudy joined the Army on March 4, 1941 at age 16 and was discharged on July 20, 1945. He was assigned to the 34th Infantry Regiment and served in the Pacific Theatre, East Indies, New Guinea and Southern Philippines during WWII. He was a graduate of Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus, NYC. From 1945 to 1980, he served in various positions in the US Government; first, 15 years with the Department of Defense, then he started his law enforcement career spending twenty years as a Special Agent serving with the Internal Revenue Service from 1960- 1980 in the Manhattan District,  and Federal Drug Administration. He was Resident Agent in Charge for the Bureau of Drug Abuse Control in Buffalo, NY. Served FLEOA, (Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association) since its inception as Executive Director, Director of Finance and Budget and was honored as Executive Board Member Emeritus. He was a Life Member and also served as National Treasurer for the US Section of International Police Association. He was predeceased by his wife of 50 years, Ilse Deutsch and is survived by his wife, Doris Meredith Deutsch; two stepsons, Les and William Meredith; two step-granddaughters and two step-great-granddaughters. At his request, there will be no service. Inurnment is under the direction of EVERGREEN MORTUARY, Tucson, AZ. Donations in his memory, may be made to Casa de la Luz Hospice, 7740 N. Oracle Rd., Tucson, AZ 85704


[April 03, 2012] Passing of Member Jay Morell Wendell

 photoFrom John Hancock
 
JAY MORELL WENDELL, SR. , 63, was born on December 21, 1948 in Monroe, Louisiana to Adeline Morell and John H. Wendell, Sr. and passed away Sunday, April 1, 2012 in The Woodlands, Texas.
Preceded in death by parents, brother Lt. Colonel, John H. Wendell, Jr. USAF (ret), his mother and father in law and sister in law. Survived by his wife of 43 years, Jean Wendell; son, Jay M. Wendell, Jr. and wife Shannon; son, Josh Wendell and fiancé Tara; grandchildren, Landon (14), Saylor (12), Chapman (8), Kaylee (7), Ashton (6), and Olivia (3).  Jay had been a senior special agent and a group manager in Houston before leaving IRS.
He attended Texas A&M '70 & '08, was in the Corps of Cadets Squadron 1 ("Hustlin 1"), graduated from University of Houston. He proudly obtained his MBA from Texas A&M at the age of 60. He was a Lt. USAF, Special Agent U. S. Treasury, little league coach, award winning custom home builder in The Woodlands, devoted Christian, husband, father, grandfather, mentor and friend. He was a member of The Woodlands United Methodist Church where he was loved by many and will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Visitation will be from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM on Wednesday, April 4, at The Woodlands United Methodist Church, 2200 Lake Woodlands Drive, The Woodlands, Texas. The Memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM, Thursday, April 5, at The Woodlands United Methodist Church.
To sign the register book or to leave memories of Jay for the family please visit www.forestparkthewoodlands.com.  Condolences may be sent to the family c/o Jean Wendell @ 1 Destiny Cove, The Woodlands, TX  77381
 
 

 



[March 31, 2012] Passing of Member- J. Thomas Hampton and former member, William Norris Jackson

James Thomas Hampton, 64, from member Larry Halper who wrote, "Tom was a good friend and an excellent agent".  Tom's wife Leanne wrote, "... Tom was a great husband, father, and of course, agent. " Tom passed away March 22, 2012 in Las Vegas, NV. He was born on June 24, 1947 in Pasadena, CA. He was a United States Army Vietnam Veteran. Tom was a Special Agent with the IRS Criminal Investigation Division, Las Vegas Field Office, from August 1979 through December 1999. Prior to that Tom worked in Office Audit for a total of 27 years with the IRS. Tom is survived by his wife, Leanne, Sons T.J. Hampton of Las Vegas, NV, Jed Hampton of Coachella, CA, Darren Hampton of Tyler, TX, daughter Katye Moser of San Diego, CA, and nine Grandchildren. The obituary will appear in the Las Vegas Review today or tomorrow.  Tom Hampton will be cremated and buried at the Veteran's
Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City, NV. The services will be private and a date has yet to be determined. On Saturday night,
March 31, 2012 there will be get together at The Tap House,
5589 West Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV. 89146 (702)870-2111.
It will be a cash bar from 6:30PM to 8:30PM.Condolences may be sent to the family care of Tom's wife, Leanne at 3221 Harbor Vista St., Las Vegas, NV 89117-3333

On March 25, 2012, William Norris Jackson beloved husband of Geraldine Fisher Jackson; father of Philip S. Jackson and his wife Diane (nee Foard) and Paul N. Jackson and his wife Rhonda (nee Atice);  grandfather of Ryan, Jacob, Martha and Kyle Jackson; great-grandfather of Luke Jackson. Bill was with CI from 1961- 1981, retiring from Washington, DC.  Funeral Arrangements. Friends may call at the family-owned Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home, Inc., 6500 York Rd. (at Overbrook Rd.) on Thursday, March 29th, 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. A Funeral Mass will be offered Friday, March 30th, 1:30 P.M. at Immaculate Conception Church (Towson).

Memorial Donation - In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Little Sisters of the Poor, 601 Maiden Choice La., Baltimore, MD 21228.  Also see the link to the Baltimore Sun,  http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/obituaries/bs-md-ob-william-jackson-20120328,0,3169971.story



[March 19, 2012] Charlotte Chapter Quarterly Luncheon at Gregs on March 28

We are getting together at Gregg's Restaurant on Monroe Road, Matthews (near NC51) for our regular luncheon on Wednesday, March 28th (Next week). Please try and be there by around 11:30 if possible to beat the crowd. If you will be so kind as to reply your acceptance of this invitation, I will know pretty close to how many chairs to save.  Al Selby



[March 14, 2012] Deputy Commissioner Names New Chief for CI

Richard Weber has been selected as the Chief,
Criminal Investigation. In this position, Rich will oversee investigations
of potential violations of the nation's Internal Revenue laws and related
financial crimes and will manage an organization composed of approximately
4,000 employees worldwide.

Rich comes to the IRS most recently from the Manhattan District Attorney's
Office, where he served as Deputy Chief of the Investigation Division and
Chief of the Major Economic Crimes Bureau. Rich was responsible for
managing prosecutors, investigators, analysts and paralegals handling
investigations into securities and commodities fraud, large-scale mortgage
and insurance fraud, Ponzi schemes, international money laundering,
terrorist financing, sanctions evasion, asset forfeiture and tax crimes.
Rich has had a long and distinguished career, previously serving as Chief of
the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section at the Department of
Justice, and as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District
of New York. Rich conducted numerous major money laundering investigations
and prosecutions, including some of the largest forfeitures ever entered
against financial institutions for sanctions violations. During his time at
DOJ, Rich worked extensively with CI and has an excellent knowledge of that
office and the IRS more generally.

Rich is a two-time recipient of the Attorney General's John Marshall Award,
the highest honor for Justice Department lawyers, for his work in promoting
law enforcement's use of asset forfeiture. He is a highly recognized legal
expert, well-versed in the execution of strategies for prosecuting criminal
cases at the federal level.



[February 24, 2012] News Item from Microsoft Downloads

I receive these items on a monthly basis, about downloads etc.  However, this is very important for those of you who are still running Microsoft Office 2003 (which includes word 1997-2003) and Windows XP. 

The message was: 

Support is ending for Windows XP and Microsoft Office 2003
Get the free Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and simplify migration.

 

What this means, is most likely that as new Word products and other downloads come out, or websites, there may be incompatibility problems with your old systems, that quite frankly, just won't be able to be fixed.  Is it time for you to upgrade?  Word is now on version 2010, two generations newer.  Windows is not on Windows 7, getting ready to go to 8.  Windows 7 is at least two generations newer than XP. 



[February 21, 2012] Information on Steve (Virgil) Vickers

Steve, who retired as a group manager in Denber and passed away last week will be buried in Orem, UT .  In addition to being an AFSA Member, Steve was an active volunteer, serving on the AFSA/Frank Smith Scholarship Committee for a number of years.  Condolences may be sent to Steve's wife, Terry Vickers @P.O. Box 205
Larkspur, CO 80118  

Here is Steve's obituary. 

Obituary for Mr. Steve (Virgil) Vickers

STEVE (Virgil) VICKERS, 65, of Larkspur, Colorado, passed away February 15, 2012, while working in Wilmington, Delaware.

He was born November 12, 1946, in Massena, St. Lawrence, New York, a son of Harold Benjamin Virgil and Mary Myrtle Hart Virgil.

He was the younger of 2 children, and is survived by his sister, Mary Elizabeth Virgil DePersia (Chris Sr. and Chris Jr.) of Flagstaff, AZ. Steve was raised by Orville Hart (Myrtle’s brother) and Margaret Hart along with their children, Jackie (Ed) Crowner (NY), Paulette Pierce (FL) and Greg Hart (NY).

While employed by the IRS in Hawaii, he met and married Terry Ann Patten July 11, 1991, in Honolulu, Hawaii where they resided for several years.

Steve graduated from Colonie Central High School, Albany, NY in 1964. He received an associate degree from Hudson Valley Community College, Troy, NY in 1966. While playing basketball for Hudson Valley, he was recruited by UTEP Coach Don Haskins. He graduated from University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) with a degree in Business Administration in the summer of 1968.

He served in the U.S. Army September 1968-September 1971, and completed a tour of duty in Viet Nam with the 101st Airborne division.

He was an agent for the Internal Revenue Service Treasury Department Jan 1972-Jan 1997.
He was a long standing member of the Christie Lodge Board of Directors (Avon, CO) and past President and CEO of U.S. Consolidated Credit Union (Denver, CO). Upon his retirement from the IRS, he began Executive Decisions Consulting and was actively servicing clients at the time of his passing.

He enjoyed skiing, fishing and sports. He loved the mountains, his Colorado ranch and his horses, dogs and cats (especially his cat, Barney).

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2012, at 1:00pm in the Timpanogos Park LDS Chapel, 955 N. 300 E., Orem, Utah. A Viewing will be held prior to the services beginning at 11:30am. Interment will be in the Provo City Cemetery, where military honors by the VFW will be accorded. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to an animal charity of choice.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to an animal charity of your choice.

To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Mr. Steve (Virgil) Vickers please visit our Sympathy Store.  
This obituary will be displayed in the Denver Post and the Salt Lake City paper later this week.

 

 

 



[February 17, 2012] Webinar on Federal Long Term Care Insurance

Tammy Flannagan will be doing a webinar in connection with the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program, highlighting my top five tips to consider before planning your retirement. It’s on Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. Eastern time.

Click here for more information and to register



[February 16, 2012] Member Steve Vickers passes away

AFSA sadly learned last night from Bill Parrish that AFSA member and former scholarship committee member Steve Vickers passed suddenly yesterday in Delaware, where he was working on an AML project. Steve had been a Group Manager in Denver upon retiring.  More information will be forthcoming as arrangements are incomplete.  Condolences may be sent to Steve's wife, Terry at : Terry Vickers  PO Box 205, Larkspur, CO  80118.  



[February 15, 2012] Webinar on HR 218

You can go to jail or join us for our upcoming 5 hour HR 218-LEOSA concealed carry Webinar over the Internet on Feb 25th from 12:30 p - 5:30p Eastern Standard Time See details on the webpage at http://hr218leosa.com/?page=courses

During the class we will discuss who can carry, where you can and cannot carry, what reasons for carry are covered, and how you must carry handguns and long guns to be covered by LEOSA and exempt from conviction for criminal possession.

We answer questions for one hour about HR 218-LEOSA. Attached is a flyer with more information for your active and retired LEO contacts who may be interested in attending. You may also wish to read our on-line newsfeed on the front page of our website or want to check out our Table of Alumni Authorities on the Links Page: http://www.hr218leosa.com/docs/Table of LEO Authorities.pdf

The Table is a resource any LEO can use to help verify if one of our alumni is covered by HR218-LEOSA. Of course an investigating LEO would also need to check individual issues regarding domestic violence, felonies, warrants, etc... but our Table will at least help with the common elements.

Steve Mannion

Sheepdog Academy, LLC

http://www.sheepdogacademy.com



[February 12, 2012] Long Time Member Bill Kolar Passes Away

William A. Kolar photographAFSA sadly learned from member Art Sinai that Bill Kolar passed away just this week.  Ironically, Art had recently become a member and had just called Bill last week after receiving our directory and had a nice visit with him.  Bill passed away about a week later.  Bill came to the IRS from the CIA.  He was a respected Director of the Intelligence Division and also worked for the Treasury Inspector General.  Here is his obituary which appeared in the Washington Post.

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

KOLAR, William A.   Collins Funeral Home website

WILLIAM ALOIS KOLAR

On Saturday, January 21, 2012, of Silver Spring, MD. Beloved husband of the late Doris M. Kolar; father of Thomas (Elizabeth), William (Linda), John (Patricia) and Daniel (Sharon) Kolar; grandfather of Kathleen Quinn, Sara Moran, Michael and William Kolar, Debbie Karanovich, Thomas, Mary, Joseph, Anne, Luke, Eric and Jason Kolar; great-grandfather of nine. Also survived by dear friend, Sarah Baah. Relatives and friends may call at Collins Funeral Home, 500 University Boulevard, West, Silver Spring, MD, (Valet Parking), Thursday, January 26, 2012, 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Camillus Church, 1600 St. Camillus Drive, Silver Spring, MD, on Friday, January 27, 2012 at 10 a.m. Interment Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Camillus Food Pantry, 1600 St. Camillus Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20903.

Please Click Here to View and Sign Online Guestbook



[February 05, 2012] Google Check Out up and running

Google Check Out appears to be up and running again.  For the 222 members who have not yet paid your dues, you may use this again to pay your dues only, effective Sunday 2/5/2012



[January 30, 2012] AFSA emails may be getting blocked by your ISP

Our last email was bounced by 100 recipients of which 74 of our members had our email blocked by their provider, despite being a subcriber.  Many of these use sbcglobal.net as a provider, if you are one of these, you need to contact your provider and let them know that emails from AFSA using Constant Contact are NOT to be blocked! Other services that apparently blocked our mail include:  pacbell.net, swbell.net,snet, prodigy.net, pixius

[January 30, 2012] New Scholarship Fund Established in Memory of Jim Howe

jpegJames F. Howe, Sr. AFSA Scholarship Fund- Jim Howe was an AFSA member and worked for Madison Associates Inc. Jim passed away on August 15, 2011 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. AFSA is pleased to announce, that in remembrance of Jim, William R. Schroeder, the President of Madison Associates Inc., has generously donated $10,000 for AFSA to administer a scholarship fund for law enforcement candidates. This will be in addition to the Frank L. Smith AFSA Scholarship Fund.

 

We are working on the criteria for the new fund and are revising the criteria for the existing fund, including expanding the eligibility of candidates. This will be completed by 2/29/2012 and will be posted on the AFSA website along with links for the forms at that time. Nieces and nephews of member/sponsors will now be eligible, but only one person may be sponsored by a member per year. Eligible candidates will be able to apply to both scholarships, but may be awarded only one. However, there is a difference in the criteria, so all candidates may not be eligible to apply for both scholarships.

 

We are proud that Bill Schroeder has chosen AFSA to administer the James F. Howe, Sr. AFSA Scholarship Fund and thank him profusely for his generosity. Said Mr. Schroeder: " All of us at Madison Associates Inc. are extremely saddened by Jim's untimely death. His enthusiasm for and dedication to the goals of law enforcement will be sorely missed. Jim joined Madison Associates following his retirement from IRS-CI to work as a Financial Crimes Consultant with the FDA-OIG. Jim was highly respected by those with whom he worked. Jim demonstrated integrity, competency and professionalism in his work and relationships. He exemplified the high standards that Madison Associates has come to expect from retired IRS-CI agents and indeed, relies on to continue to grow in providing contract services to Federal law enforcement agencies."

 

"Madison Associates, Inc. has worked with the AFSA-IRS Executive Board to create an educational endowment in Jim's name that will help instill the integrity and character that Jim showed throughout his career to others interested in law enforcement as a career. It is my hope that with this scholarship fund, Jim's dedication will continue to be recognized and his personal exemplification of those high standards will be a model for those who follow him in Federal law enforcement careers."



[January 09, 2012] Passing of former member E. Wayne Pack, Sr.

AFSA learned from member Ron Oliver on 1/8/2012 of former AFSA member Wayne Pack who retired in 6/2003 out of the Hourston District and started in 6/1983.  Wayne passed away in Fresno, TX.  Below is his notice.

E. Wayne Pack, Sr.

September 26, 1950 - January 6, 2012
Obituary

E. WAYNE PACK, SR. age 61, of Fresno, Texas, passed away Friday, January 6, 2012. He was born September 26, 1950, in Maysville, Kentucky to Ervin and Stella Maynard Pack. Wayne was a beloved husband and companion to his wife, Nicole Pack; father to, Mark Pack and his wife Kelly, Kelly Hall, Justin Mueller, Chris Mueller, and Ervin Wayne Pack, Jr; grandfather to, Luca Soares, Layla Jane Hall, and Violet Mueller; and brother to, Glenn Pack, Michael Pack, Patty Huapert, and Steve Pack. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, and a retired Captain in the U.S. Army Reserves. Wayne was a Federal Agent in the Department of the Treasury, and a 4th Degree Mason in the Sugar Land Masonic Lodge #1141. Friends are invited to a visitation with the family from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Wednesday, January 11, 2012, at The Settegast-Kopf Co. @ Sugar Creek, 15015 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land (Williams Trace Exit). Interment will be held at 1:30 PM, Friday, January 13, 2012, at Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston, with military honors.


[January 04, 2012] Passing of Member Edward G. Bourguignon, Jr.

AFSA learned today from Mary Ruiz that Ed passed away on July 31, 2011. Ed was living in Ormond Beach, FL. He had been an agent in Austin from 1979 -1999.  He served as the representative to the TX Department of Public Safety as part of HIDTA.  Ed was an avid reader and a great advisor.  He moved to FL to take care of his mother after retirement.



[January 03, 2012] Julio LaRosa, Director of Field Operations- Eastern Area

Julio LaRosa passed away 1/3/12 unexpectedly apparently from a massive heart attack.

Julio La Rosa’s family is making the final arrangements for his service and funeral, which will be in Miami in the coming days. A special law enforcement funeral will be part of the arrangements.

Julio joined CI’s family as a Special Agent in Florida in 1994. Julio successfully worked large OCDETF investigations and quickly became a respected expert in money laundering and asset forfeiture. In 2000, Julio was selected as a supervisor in the Miami Field Office. After Julio completed his SSA tenure, he was assigned to CI Headquarters as the law enforcement liaison to the Department of Treasury. He also worked as an Assistant Director of Financial Crimes following his time at Main Treasury.

Julio then served as the ASAC and SAC in the St. Paul Field Office, He headed CI's new International Operations Division in 2010 as the Deputy Director. When CI re-organized in October of 2011, he was  selected as the new Executive to oversee operations in the East as the Director of Field Operations.

Julio is survived by his wife, Penelope (Penny) and two sons, Benjamin, 11, and Julian, 14.For those wishing to send a card to his wife and children, the address is:

 18411 Bright Plume Terrace

Boyds, MD 20841

 Julio is also survived by his mother, Maria Elena La Rosa. Her address is: 1821 S.W. 14th Street

Miami, FL 33145



[December 07, 2011] State of Michigan to begin Taxing Federal Pensions

As you may know state income tax will kick in on our pensions next year if you were born after 1946. OPM will not automatically withhold the tax from our pensions or accept a W-4P. State withholding can be set up through this website. https://www.servicesonline.opm.gov/(r4snbf55bz0dkerfic13qf2d)/Default.aspx or call them at 888-767-6738.
You'll need your retirement claim number even if you have already set up your online account.


[November 27, 2011] Former AFSA member James H. New passes away


<!-- New,, James Harvey, --> NEW, JAMES HARVEY,
01/13/1946-11/18/2011, Jim was born and raised in Greencastle, IN. After graduating from Greencastle High School, Jim served honorably in the U.S. Navy. While working for the I.R.S. he graduated from IUPUI in Indianapolis. He later retired as a Special Agent in the Criminal Investigation Division after 25 years of service. For the past ten years, he has worked for the Florida Department of Agriculture. He was survived by Carolyn New his loving wife of 41 years; his three daughters Tammara, Natalie, and Mariah; his mother Mary New; siblings Noble, Ruth, Robert, John, and Linda; grandchildren Ian, Brianna, and Alyssa. He was preceded in death by his father Woodson New. A visitation will be held on Saturday, November 26, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Winter Park Christian Church, 760 N. Lakemont Ave., Winter Park, FL 32792 with funeral services following at 11 a.m. Burial will follow the service at Greenwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Winter Park Christian Church. Arrangements are entrusted to COLLISON FAMILY FUNERAL HOME &
CREMATORY (HOWELL BRANCH CHAPEL) 3806 Howell Branch Road, Winter Park, FL 32792
(407) 678-4500.
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Published in the Orlando Sentinel on November 23, 2011


[November 04, 2011] On line course available re: HR 218

 

Understanding H.R. 218: LEOSA Rights & Responsibilities

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Description: This four hour seminar is a MUST for all current and retired LEOs and explores the 20 plus court decisions which impact the rights and responsibilities of qualified current and retired LEOs under the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2004 (commonly known as "H.R. 218" or "LEOSA") as amended by the Improvements Act of 2010. Attendees will reduce their off-duty risk of being arrested and their on-duty risk for civil liability by learning who can carry, what firearms can be carried, when firearms can be carried, where they can and cannot be carried, why they may be carried, and how firearms must be carried under LEOSA.

The seminar is taught by Steve Mannion. He is a practicing attorney, served as law enforcement defense counsel for Essex County, NJ for five years, has been a police legal advisor for sixteen years and a part-time federal LEO for six years. Mr. Mannion has participated in eight of the known twenty LEOSA decisions and is the only attorney who has been successful with LEOSA issues in state and/or federal courts in New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Massachusetts and Illinois. He was even listed as a LEOSA expert witness in the case of People of Illinois v. Drew Peterson.

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Can’t attend? Order our exclusive seminar materials today! Updated materials as of October 2011 now available. Covers recent LEOSA legislation
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Thus far, this seminar has been taught to current and/or retired LEOs from federal agencies (U.S. Secret Service, FBI, U.S. Customs & Border Protection, U.S. Coast Guard, etc...); bi-state agencies (Port Authority of NY/NJ OIG and Waterfront Commission of NY/NJ), New Jersey agencies (NJ Attorney General’s Office, NJ Transit Police, Rutgers Univ. Police, Hudson County Prosecutor, etc...); New York agencies (NY State Dept of Corrections, New York City Police, etc...).... [see more]

Live Seminar Price: $50 Advanced Registration online or $60 CASH ONLY at the door. Personal checks are NOT accepted.
Payment by municipal purchase orders MUST be approved by Sheepdog Academy in advance of the course date and is not eligible for the advanced online registration price. $60 registration fee will apply.
Contact us for group discounts for 10 or more persons paid in advance at $40 per attendee.

Registration Closes at Midnight before a Seminar/Webinar or when Seminar is sold out.

Cancellation Policy: Requests to cancel a course registration and receive a refund must be received by Sheepdog Academy email no later than 15 days prior to course convening date. Once approved, refunds will be charged back to the original payment method (credit card) minus a $3 processing fee. Please do not cancel the credit card charge. NO refunds will be given for no-shows.

Sheepdog Academy reserves the right to cancel a Webinar or Seminar due to insufficient enrollment. Sheepdog Academy will notify enrolled students of cancellation and will issue a refund within 10 days of the course date.

Class time: Door registration begins 30 minutes before seminar start time. Each seminar runs approximately 4-5 hours, depending on student participation and questions.

Go to site below:  (Note, this is not endorsed by AFSA but is provided by AFSA as a courtesy for those who may be interested.

http://hr218leosa.com/?page=courses



[October 31, 2011] Passing of Member - William H. Parker, retired out of HQ in 1972


WILLIAM H. PARKER (Age 90)

A resident of Arnold, MD, died on October 27, 2011 at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, MD.
He was born on October 29, 1920 in Landover, where he was raised. He served in the U.S. Marines during WWII.
He was employed with the U.S. Treasury, until his retirement, and worked for SIPIC.
William was a member of the Lions Club, VFW, American Legion, Elks, and Association of Former Special Agents of the IRS. He enjoyed fishing and boating.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Parker (nee Rowe), who passed away February 6, 2009.
He is survived by his son, Robert Parker (Kathy) of Selma, NC; stepson, Thomas Ditto (Andrea) of Arnold; daughter-in-law, Heather Finn of Milford, DE; four grandchildren; nine great- grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, and their families.
There will be a chapel service at Maryland Veterans Cemetery in Crownsville, MD on Tuesday, November 1, 2011 at 11:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Anne Arundel Medical Center, Sajak Pavilion, Suite 550, 2001 Medical Parkway, Annapolis, MD 21401. Please put on memo line "In memory of William Parker".
Online condolences may be made at:
www.barrancofuneralhome


[October 29, 2011] Luncheon on 11/4/11 in Santa Fe Springs, CA

Just a reminder that we are having the luncheon on Nov 4 at Maggie's Pub in Santa Fe Springs. If you are intending to go, please email me back at

rrmalo95@gmail.com or richardmalone@earthlink.net or Our speaker on HR 218 qualifications has confirmed her appearance, and Frank Fotinatos is putting together some handouts for everyone in attendance
FYI one retiree said his check was returned by the post office, but we think that was a mistake. I have gotten several others at:
R Malone
P.O. Box 8492
Alta Loma, CA 91701
I will be out of town next week, but will be back on Sunday, Oct 30.


[October 06, 2011] New Member Bonus Time

It's that time of year again.  If you have NEVER been a member of AFSA and join now, your dues will cover the rest of 2011 and all of 2012. This does not apply to previous members who allowed their membership to lapse.



[September 27, 2011] Passing of Member Gregory Polvere

AFSA learned last week from Howie Mann that Greg Polvere passed away on June 28. Greg retired from the Manhattan District in 1998.

Gregory J. Polvere of Monroe, passed away on Tuesday, June 28, 2011, at Valley Hospital, Ridgewood, NJ. Son of Concetta Polvere and the late Joseph Polvere, he was born in the Bronx on August 20, 1948.

He was a retired Special Agent with the U.S. Treasury Department, Criminal Investigation Division. He was president of GJP Associates and was a Certified Fraud Examiner, Licensed Private Investigator, Enrolled Agent, Member of the Association of Former Special Agents of the IRS, Member of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, Member of the National Police Defense Foundation, member of the Fraternal Order of Police, and a veteran of the U.S. Navy.  Friends described him as bright, witty and an excellent investigator.

Greg was a caring husband, amazing father, adored grandfather, devoted son, loving brother, and true friend. He is survived by his wife, Angela; his mother, Concetta; his children, Joseph and Tonia Polvere and Lauren and Dennis Perpetua; his beloved grandson, Tyler Polvere; his brother, James Polvere; his sister, Maryanne Lauria and her husband, Dominick; his mother-in-law, Mary Rocco; his brother-in law, Jerry Rocco and wife, Arline; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, Joseph Polvere.

Visitation was at Smith, Seaman and Quackenbush, Inc. Funeral Home, 117 Maple Ave., Monroe, NY. A Funeral Mass was celebrated Saturday, July 2, at Sacred Heart Church, 26 Still Rd., Monroe. Interment was at  St. Anastasia Cemetery, Harriman.  Arrangements by Smith, Seaman & Quackenbush, Inc. Funeral Home; 845-782-8185 or www.ssqfuneralhome.com

Memorial contributions may be made to Our Father's Kitchen c/o Sacred Heart Church, 26 Still Rd., Monroe, NY 10950 or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, PO Box 1000, Dept 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142

Condolences may be sent to his wife Angela at PO Box 981, Harriman, NY 10926.

 



[September 13, 2011] Passing of Member Thomas E. Eaton, Sr.

AFSA learned of Thomas' passing today, see below:

Thomas Eaton Sr.

Condolences may be sent to his children at:  3750 Peachtree Rd. NE, Apt. 173, Atlanta, GA 30319
Thomas Edward Eaton Sr., the first of six children of Edward S. Eaton and Genevieve Kelly Eaton was born in Glen Cove, NY on February 6, 1922; long time resident of Long Island, NY, relocated to Atlanta, GA with his family in 1971. He is survived by his beloved sister Margaret Eaton Carlstrom and beloved brother Edward Eaton. He was the loving husband for 59 years of his deceased wife Catherine Elizabeth Zappia Eaton and the beloved brother in-law of Mary Jane Zappia McDonald. Tom was the dearly loved father of Mary Rose Eaton of Westborough, MA, Thomas Edward Eaton, Jr. and Christelle J. Breuer of Bethesda, MD, and Jane Eaton Hunecke married to Albert L. Hunecke Jr. of Atlanta, GA.; and adored grandfather of Jennifer J. Blanchette, Jeremy M. Leach, Catherine E. Leach, Kelly K. Eaton Gladin, Frances K. Eaton, and Albert L. Hunecke III; beloved friend of Chloe L. Levy, and close friend to all in his extended circle of family and friends, died in peace September 10, 2011 at his Canterbury Court residence in Atlanta. During his journey, Tom never met a stranger. He served his country as a U.S. Marine during World War II, and as a U.S. Treasury Department Special Agent, retiring after 32 years. He then held the position of Vice President for SunTrust's credit card security division. Tom's passion was his family and friends; he was an adventurer by nature recently traveling to Naples, FL, Newport, RI and Charleston, SC; he was an avid photographer and dog lover, and enjoyed fine wine and cuisine. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, September 13 at 10:30 AM at the Cathedral of Christ the King, Atlanta. The family will receive friends Monday evening, September 12 from 6 to 8 PM at H.M. Patterson & Son, 4550 Peachtree Road NE, Brookhaven. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Pastoral Care team at the Cathedral of Christ the King, 2699 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA.
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Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on September 12, 2011


[September 06, 2011] Member Charles H, Moriyama to be awarded the Congressional Gold Medal

Charlie's wife, Helen sent me the following: The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian honor bestowed by the United States Congress. The decoration is awarded to an individual or group who performs an outstanding deed or act of service to the security, prosperity and national interest of the United States. The medal was first awarded in 1776 by the Second Continental Congress to Gen. George Washington during the American Revolutionary War. Some of the other recipients are: Sir Winston Churchill, Thomas Edison, Mother Teresa, and Navajo Code Talkers. In December 2011, at the Capitol of the United States in Washington D.C., the 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and members of the Military Intelligence Service will be awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of their dedicated service during World War II. These units were primarily compr;ised of Niseis (Americans of Japanese Ancestry). Charles H. Moriyama, Staff Assistant, Intelligence Division, San Francisco District (Retired 1980) served with the MIS and will be receiving this award.
Staff Note: Unsure if any other IRS employee has ever received this honor.


[August 31, 2011] James F. Howe Sr. Corrected Obituary

Here is the corrected obituary for James Howe, Sr., who passed away on August 15, 2011.

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James F. Howe Sr., age 63 of Naperville, IL, peacefully passed away Monday, Aug. 15, 2011, on the Feast of the Assumption, at home surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Cherished husband of Catherine M. (Lahey) Howe, for 41 years; beloved father of Holly M. (Mark) D'Angelo, James F. (Jessica) Howe Jr., and Joseph E. (Katie) Howe; loving grandpa of Brianna and Angelica D'Angelo, Joey Howe and his fourth grandchild due Jan. 2012; fond brother of Pat Turen, Ed, John, Bob and Mike Howe; dear son-in-law of Angela Lahey. Preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Armella Howe and father-in-law, James Lahey. Jim was a loving son, brother-in-law, uncle, great-uncle, and friend to many. Jim lived in Naperville for 31 years and was a dedicated member of SS. Peter & Paul Church and School. He retired in 2005 as a Supervisory Special Agent with the Internal Revenue Service, and Criminal Investigation. Jim was also actively involved in Naperville Little League and Youth Baseball. Jim loved spending time with his family on Crooked Lake. Jim was a classic car enthusiast who enjoyed an occasional pint of Guinness. In lieu of flowers, memorials to NCH-Foundation-Pancreas Center, 3060 W. Salt Creek Lane, Arlington Heights, IL 60005, 847-618-4260. Visitation: 3 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, 2011 at Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 44 S. Mill St., Naperville, IL 60540. Mass of Christian Burial 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011 at SS. Peter & Paul Church, 36 N. Ellsworth St., Naperville, IL 60540. Interment to follow at SS. Peter & Paul Cemetery, Naperville, IL. For more information, please call 630-355-0213 or www.friedrich-jones.com <!-- -->
Published in Chicago Tribune on August 18, 2011
Condolences may be sent to the family at:
715 Springhill Circle, Naperville, IL 60563


[August 30, 2011] Passing of Member Harvey Borak on July 30, 2011

BORAK, Harvey L.

Harvey L. Borak, loving husband of Joan Sweeney Borak passed away on July 30, 2011, at St. Francis Hospital. Born on July 13, 1934, in New York City, he was the son of the late Benjamin and Selma Borak. Harvey was a graduate of New York University and New York Law School, and later served in the U.S. Army. Harvey served as the Chief of the Criminal Investigation Division in the Brooklyn, NY District of the Internal Revenue Service, retiring after 26 years of service. Subsequently, he served as Special Assistant to the District Attorney of Manhattan and later as a Special Investigator of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his cherished family-a son, Gary Borak and wife Ellen of Kinnelon, NJ; and a daughter Cheryl Berenberg and husband Matthew of Chicago, IL. He is also survived by a brother, Lloyd Borak and wife Evelyn of West Orange, NJ and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his first wife, Marlyn.
Funeral services will be held at the Weinstein Mortuary-640 Farmington Avenue, Hartford on August 1st at 2 p.m. Friends may pay their respects to the family one hour prior to the service. Internment will take place at the King Solomon cemetery in Clifton, NJ on Tuesday, August 2nd at 11 a.m.. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or to the charity of your choice.  Condolences may be sent to his wife Joan and children, Gary and Cheryl at 11 Winged Foot Blvd., Bloomfield, CT  06002

 

Published in The Hartford Courant on July 31, 2011

 



[August 15, 2011] Member Robert L. Browne passes away

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Robert, 86, of Brigantine, passed away on Friday, August 12th, 2011. Bob was born in Camden. He was raised in Collingswood and was a graduate of Collingswood High School. Bob served in the US Army during World War II and received a Purple Heart for being wounded during The Battle of the Bulge. He completed night school at Temple and earned a BA while beginning his over-30-year career at the IRS. While working at the IRS, he met and then married his wife Lydia, and they enjoyed a 61-year marriage. While working in the Baltimore office of the IRS, he began an investigation into local corruption that eventually led to the indictment and resignation of Spiro Agnew, the Vice President to Richard Nixon. He eventually retired from the IRS in 1980 as Assistant Regional Commissioner, Intelligence Division, for the Mid-Atlantic Region. He then worked for five years for the Division of Gaming Enforcement in Atlantic City. Bob was an avid golfer in his retirement, both in Brigantine and in Florida.

Bob is predeceased by his wife of 61 years, Lydia (nee Hubner). He is survived by his son, Bob Browne and his wife, Laura. He is predeceased by one sister, Elizabeth Thorn, and two brothers, William and John (Jerry) Browne. He is survived by five nieces and three nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend Bob's Life Celebration and Viewing on Wednesday evening 6 to 8 PM and Thursday 9 to 10 AM at Keates-Plum Funeral Home, 3112 Brigantine Ave., Brigantine, NJ. Mass of Christian burial Thursday, 10:30 AM, at St. Thomas Church, Brigantine, NJ. Entombment at Holy Cross Cemetery, Mays Landing, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bob's name to the <!-- Begin AdTech Script --> [removed][removed] [removed][removed] American Heart Association <!-- End AdTech Script -->1 Union Street, Suite 301 Robbinsville, NJ 08691 or the American Kidney Fund 6110 Executive Blvd., Suite 1010 Rockville, MD 20852. To share your fondest memories of Robert visit www.lifecelebration.com

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Published in Courier-Post from August 15 to August 16, 2011


[August 07, 2011] Passing of former Member and Chief of Intelligence, Indianapolis District Joseph Hilgenberg

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95, passed away on August 2, 2011. Born in Indianapolis on June 4, 1916, he was the son of Harry and Elizabeth (Lichtenberg) Hilgenberg.

In 1934, Joe graduated from Cathedral High School and, in 1939, from Indiana University. He then married the love of his life, Marjorie Nell McDonough, on August 23, 1941. He enlisted in the US Navy on March 9, 1943 and proudly served in the Pacific Theatre aboard "The Minnie" - USS Minneapolis (CA-36) until December, 1945.

For almost 30 years, Joe worked for the IRS as a criminal investigator in the Intelligence Division, retiring as Division Chief of Intelligence in 1975.

He was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church for over 60 years, the American Legion, Alpha Tau Omega and the Society of Retired Executives.

Joe is survived by his children Joseph M., Christianne, John C. (Cinthia), Robert S. Hilgenberg and Theresa L. (Mike) O'Rourke. He is also survived by 9 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 56 years, Margie, his parents, his son Jimmy and his granddaughter Rachael.

Visitation will be Friday, August 5, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Feeney-Hornak Keystone Mortuary . A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, August 6 at 10:00 a.m. at Christ the King Catholic Church, preceded by prayers at 9:30 a.m. in the mortuary. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery.

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Published in the The Indianapolis Star on August 4, 2011


[August 06, 2011] Passing of former member and Brooklyn Chief Harvey Borak

Harvey Borak, a former Chief of the Brooklyn District passed away July 31.  Condolences may be sent to his wife, Joan, and children, Gary and Cheryl care of Joan Sweeney Borak @ 11 Winged Foot Blvd.
Bloomfield, CT 06002 . See obituary at : http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/hartfordcourant/obituary.aspx?n=harvey-l-borak&pid=152824593&fhid=4131 in the Hartford Courant for July 31.



[July 27, 2011] Member David A. Ostrager passes away

David passed away on July 18, 2011 at age 83 years old. He began work as a public accountant in several CPA firms after graduating from CUNY (Baruch College). . He was an agent from 1955- 1982, retiring from the Manhattan District as a group manager of a SEP group, and with many years in wagering, vice, and surviellance. Afterwords, David was aSenior Accounting Investigator in NYC District Attorney Robert Morgenthau's office, in the Racketeering Division. He later did some general investigative work including matrimonial work. He had some post graduate work at John Jay College in Criminal Justice. He leaves behind his wife, Adele. Condolences may be sent to her at 2769 Mill Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11234. Services were held on July 20 at Parkside Memorial Chapel in Brooklyn, NY. David will be known for his accomplishments in work, in desire to keep busy, and his battle with cancer



[July 13, 2011] Convention update news

The registration forms are now posted on the Convention sections in both the non-member's section and the Member's section (which includes the schedule).  It has been updated to reflect generally lower prices for activities due to different vendors and things.  Remember to register before 8/1 to get a $20/discount per person.  You must be staying at the Grove Park Inn to get this discount.



[June 15, 2011] Member Lee Williams has book published

Member Lee Williams is a published author. If possible, please publish
the below information regarding his latest novel in a future e-message
to the membership.

For more info on Lee and his books, visit his website:  leejwilliams.com



Lee Williams' new novel, "Sins of the Father" is now available in
paperback and as a kindle
ebook on amazon.com.

Here's the description of the plot. Its 1968 in rural Mississippi,
Beauford Tisdale's ancestors were emancipated from slavery over 100
years ago. Now he finds himself plunged into a world of terror,
assassinations and corruption that has made his life a chasm of shame,
lies and secrets.....



[June 13, 2011] Two AFSA Members Recipients of the Presidential Rank Award

Recipients of this prestigious award are "strong leaders, professionals, and scientists who achieve results and consistently demonstrate strength, integrity, industry and a relentless commitment to excellence in public service." This year CI has two recipients of this prestigious award: Director of International Vicki Duane of MD (retired) and Director of Operations Mike Thomas of SC (retired). Both Mike and Vicki will receive a certificate signed by the President along with a monetary award. Congratulations

 

 



[June 06, 2011] Passing of former member James G. Murphy

Jim Murphy passsed away June 3, 2011 after battling pneumonia for two weeks of heart failure in Lake Placid, FL.  He is survived by his wife, Anita. He retired     out of Traverse City, MI in 1986.  For complete information go to link:  http://record-eagle.com/obituaries/x9781836/James-Galen-Murphy



[June 01, 2011] Passing of Long-time Member Louis J. Moriarty

It was recently reported to us that "Louie" Moriartypassed away unexpectedly on Dec. 24, 2010.  Louis was a member of AFSA since 5/5/89.  He left the Intelligence Division in 1950 after obtaining his law degree in 1949 and went on to practice law for over 50 years.  He was an agent in the Minnesota.  He is survived by his wife, Audrey and a son, daughter and step-daughter.  See http://www.davidleefuneralhome.com/obituaries/details/1623.  Condolences may be sent to the family care of :  Audrey Moriarty, 175 Gleason Rd., Wayzata, MN  55391-1314



[May 19, 2011] Former Phoenix SAC James B. Collie passes away

Jim passed away 5/11/2011 from kidney cancer.  See obituary for full information:

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/azcentral/obituary.aspx?n=James-Collie&pid=151114425



[April 12, 2011] Frank L. Smith Scholarship Applications - Changes and due date

The application for the Frank L. Smith Scholarship is officially closed with the exception of certified transcripts for applications on hand, which must be submitted by 5/15/2011.



[February 24, 2011] Former Member Joe Sadler Passes away

Former Member Joseph A. "Mickey" Sadler  passed away on 2/22/2011:  AFSA found out yesterday Joe passed away.  Joe worked at HQ upon retirement.  On Tuesday, February 22, 2011 of Silver Spring, MD. "Mickey" Joseph E. Sadler of Washington, DC. Beloved husband of Vanessa Bachman Sadler; devoted son of Estella Sadler Paulin. He is also survived by a host of other loving relatives and friends. Friends may call at HINES-RINALDI FUNERAL HOME, 11800 New Hampshire Ave., Silver spring, MD on Friday, February 25 at 10 a.m. where services will begin at 11 a.m. Interment fort Lincoln Cemetery, Brentwood, MD. Memorial contributions may be made to Kimmel Cancer Institute, Weinberg Building, 401 North Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21231. Please view and sign the family guestbook at  Joe Sadler at HinesRinaldi Funeral Home



[January 14, 2011] Manuel Godinez passing, updated 1/18/2011

Member Manny Godinez passed away on January 12, 2011.  Arrangements are listed below, as from Manny's wife, and also or contact email and mailing address for condolences.  

On Wednesday, 19 January, the vigil will be held at the Griffin Family Funeral Chapel at 1075 E. Daily Drive, Camarillo, CA 93010.  The viewing will start at 5PM and the vigil service will begin at 7PM.  During this service, folks will be invited to talk about Manuel.  The gentleman doing the vigil service was a schoolmate of Manuel's in Camarillo.
 
On Thursday, 20 January, the catholic funeral mass will be held at the St. Mary Magdalen Chapel, located at 2532 E. Ventura Blvd, Camarillo, CA.  This is the church where Manuel was an altar boy and where he attended elementary school.  The funeral mass will be at 10:00AM (I tried for 11 to give folks more time to get up there from Los Angeles, but it is a school day and recess starts at 11:15, so 10:00AM it is.)
 
Manuel will be buried at the Santa Clara Cemetary located at 2370 North H. Street in Oxnard, CA where much of his immediate family is also buried.
 
After the burial, there will be a light lunch reception somewhere in the area; Joe and I are still working out the details and will advise.   This will also be a time for folks to talk about Manuel and to remember and celebrate his life. 
 
For folks who wish to contact me, please feel free to give them my e-mail address (gomaura@gmail.com), my mailing address for CA:  4455 Los Feliz Blvd, #1007, Los Angeles, CA 90027.  I expect to be traveling back and forth between CA and Washington for some months to come, so I will have regular access to mail coming to CA. 
 
Many thanks.  Maura

Manuel Robert GODINEZ


GODINEZ, Manuel Robert Manuel Godinez, 63, passed away January 12, 2011, at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center. Born July 11, 1947, in Oxnard, California, he was the son of Carmen Ledesma and Manuel Godinez, both of whom predeceased him. He is survived by his loving wife, Maura; his son, Michael; his cousins, Joseph Beltran, Barbara Brown, and Mary Louise Potter; members of the extended Ledesma and Godinez families; and a devoted circle of friends. Manuel attended St. Mary Magdalen Parish School and Adolfo Camarillo High School. In 1969, he graduated from Loyola University of Los Angeles with a B.S. in Psychology and bonds with his Delta Sigma Phi brothers which lasted a lifetime. He earned his MBA from UCLA in 1982. Retiring after 33 years of domestic and overseas service with the IRS, he joined the U.S. Treasury Department, Office of Technical Affairs, where he worked worldwide. A vigil will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 19, at the Griffin Family Funeral Chapel, 1075 E. Daily Drive, Camarillo, CA 93010; visitation will begin at 5PM. Friends and family will be honoring Manuel with short remembrances. Mass of Catholic burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 20, at St. Mary Magdalen Chapel, 2532 E. Ventura Blvd, Camarillo, CA 93010. Manuel will be buried at the Santa Clara Catholic Cemetery, 2370 North H Street, Oxnard, CA 93036. Flowers are welcome, or donations may be made in Manuel's name to The Midnight Mission, 601 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90014, www.midnightmission.org. <!-- -->
Published in the Los Angeles Times on January 18, 2011


[January 13, 2011] Passing of member, Charles Spears, Jr.

Charles Spears Jr.

CHARLES SPEARS JR. It is with sadness that "Charlie's daughters" announce the passing of their dad, Charles P. Spears Jr. He passed away Dec. 16, 2010, at the age of 81. He was born Nov. 28, 1930, in Gibson, N.M., and resided in Nevada for 45 years. He was a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and a U.S. Navy, Korean War, veteran. He was a Special Agent for the IRS and on occasion "loaned out" to the Secret Service. After his retirement from the local IRS office he went to work as the soft count supervisor for the Aladdin Hotel, then as an investigator in the personnel department for Golden Nugget and Mirage properties. He was preceded in death by his wife, Teresa (Terri); his son, Charles (Chuck); and his son-in-law, James (Jimmy). He is survived by his wife, Shirley; his daughter, Teresa (Teddi) Clemens and her children, Jason and Samantha; his middle daughter, Mardette (Mardy) Ludwiszewski, her husband Ron and their children Kristopher, Kevin and Shelly; and his youngest daughter, JoLene (Joey), her two daughters Bailey and AnnMarie. Charlie loved the "F" words: family, friends, food, football and fantastic golf. Services will be at 10:40 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 23, at Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City. Donations may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.
Davis Funeral Home, Memorial Park

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Published in Las Vegas Review-Journal from December 20 to December 21, 2010


[January 06, 2011] Exclusion of FERS or CSRS healh plan payments from Gross Pension Amounts

 
Pension Protection Act of 2006 (PPA)
2007 was the first tax year that Section 845 of the PPA was effective. Section 845 allows a retired federal law enforcement officer, fire fighter, and members of certain other small groups to exclude up to $3,000 of their FERS or CSRS benefits from federal income taxes for amounts paid for health insurance or long-term-care premiums. A covered retiree may exclude only premiums paid by OPM out of your benefit directly to your FEHBP carrier and premiums paid to LTCFEDS. This provides the same benefit as premium conversion that active federal employees may choose.

The most current OPM ruling on this matter is dated June 2007 (Benefits Administration Letter 07-201). Do not be confused by earlier OPM memos which were incorrect. This benefit absolutely applies to retired series 1811 agents. This is a self-identify and self-report item. On Line 16 of Form 1040, you merely subtract up to an additional $3,000 from the taxable portion shown on the 1099 and write PSO next to line 16. PSO stands for Public Safety Officer.  Some software programs have this built in.



[December 28, 2010] Current AFSA member and official, Gerard Dupczack credited in 12/23/2010 CI Bulletin

Gerard is mentioned in the bulletin above for a training program he had developed when SSA/CIS.  Please see the 12/23/2010 Bulletin and look for the yellow highlighted section.



[December 28, 2010] Passing of Jim Kelly, AFSA member and Regional Rep 12/26/2010


KELLY, James James Ray Kelly age 71, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away on Sunday, December 26, 2010. He was born in Itta Bena, MS December 3, 1939. Jim leaves behind a wife of forty five years, Suzanne Wheat Kelly, a Daughter, Shan (Robert) Rivers, and granddaughters Delilah Ray and Ruth Anne Rivers. He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy Lee Kelly and Mary Wilson Kelly, two sisters, Mavis Kelly Goss, and Amy Kelly Lee, and brothers, Roy Lee Kelly, Jr., Preston Kelly, Sr., Mervin C. Kelly, and Billy Mack Kelly. He is survived by Wife, Daughter, two Granddaughters; and one brother Robert O. (Bob) Kelly of Aberdeen, sisters-in-law Fairy Wilson Kelly of Itta Bena, MS, Jean Dodd Kelly of Schlater, MS, Hannalore Habicht Kelly of Flora, MS, Rose Mimms, of Greenwood, MS, Patricia Colson of Gulfport, MS, and Rebecca McLarand of Newport Beach, CA. Brothers-in-law Alton Goss of Greenwood, MS, Doyle Lee of Greenwood, MS and Joseph Wheat of Savannah, GA and many nieces and nephews. Jim was a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi where he was a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity and enjoyed his annual spring reunion with fraternity brothers every spring. He was a retired special agent of the US Treasury Department. He enjoyed tennis, gardening and spending time with his family. Jim was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend. Close friends and family knew of his kindness, love of life and his endless sense of humor. Jim was very respected and loved by those who knew him. Those desiring may make contributions to the Michael J. Fox foundation for Parkinsons research. A Memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, December 29 at Chamblee First United Methodist Church in Chamblee, Georgia with Dr. Reverend Royeese Stowe officiating. The family will receive friends after the service in the Fellowship Hall. Condolences may be sent or viewed at www.wagesfuneralhome.com. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200

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[December 14, 2010] Newsletter available on line in member's section/dues notices

The Fall Newsletter is now available on line in the Member's section of the website.  Dues notices have been mailed to you and are due by January 1, no later than January 31st.



[December 01, 2010] Potential Retiree Benefit Cuts

 

NARFE Legislative Hotline, number 738, released Wednesday, December 1st, 2010.  This edition urges all NARFE members to act immediately before the Fiscal Commission votes on December 3rd.  The next scheduled Hotline is set for Friday, December 10th. (525 words; 3:21)

 

Fiscal Commission Co-Chairs’ Proposal:  The final report of the Fiscal Commission issued December 1st contains proposals to cut federal civilian and military retirement by 70 billion over 10 years, shift health premium costs to federal retirees, freeze federal pay and reduce the federal workforce by 10 percent.  The final report, including the federal retirement and health benefits cuts, will be voted by the 18 Commission members on Friday, December 3.  Several Commission members have announced plans to vote for the report, a few to oppose and others remain undecided.  Because of the unfair cuts to federal retirement and health benefits and employee compensation NARFE President Joseph Beaudoin asks each NARFE member, especially those who acted recently, to contact their own Representative and both Senators.  Due to the urgency we must employee electronic mail and telephone calls.  President Beaudoin urges members to use the Legislative Action Center to deliver an updated message.  The NARFE TOLL FREE number for the Capitol switchboard is listed below with a brief message to be delivered to every Member of Congress.

 

Legislative Action Center:  The Commission Report, more draconian than the Co-chair’s proposal, will receive expedited consideration in the Senate and House during the December “lame duck” session if it gets 14 of the 18 Commission votes.  With such high stakes, NARFE President Joseph Beaudoin implores each NARFE member to immediately send NARFE’s just updated message to the current Members of Congress.  The Legislative Action Center allows this to be done easily.  The link to use is: http://capwiz.com/narfe/issues/alert/?alertid=19504726

 



[October 08, 2010] Chicago Chapter update and correction

Quarterly Luncheon, 3rd Friday of Jan. April, July and Oct, 12:00 Noon

Emmet's Ale House, 5200 Main Street, Downers Grove, IL. For further information contact Gerard Dupczak, 773-316-0893 or e-mail
gdupczk@attglobal.net



[June 11, 2010] New Links- retirement info and IAAR link

I have added two links, one is Tammy Flannagan's National Institute of Transition Planning which has dealt with many Federal retirement issues.  This is under the retirement links. 

The other is a link to the International  Association of Asset Recovery.  This link also includes information about an upcoming seminar in London and one in Las Vegas, with special rates for AFSA members.  This is in the Professional Organizations section.



[June 03, 2010] Changing your member profile

When you change your member profile it is submitted to the executive director and will not appear to be changed until it is reviewed and approved.  We are implementing a change that will state that your profile change was submitted on the website and will generate an email to your primary registered email address when it is approved.  Until then, no need to put it in over and over, be patient, I'm getting to them as quickly as possible.