December 27, 2015

The Unsung IRS Hero who Busted the Silk Road Drug Case

A must read article in today's New York Times that vividly introduces us to the unsung hero of the Silk Road drug case:  IRS Special Agent Gary Alford.  Yes, one of those "Accountants with a Gun" broke open the notorious Silk Road case.  IRS Special Agent Gary Alford turned to good old fashioned sleuth work to uncover the identity of the mastermind behind the Silk Road internet drug site:  Ross W. Ulbricht from San Francisco.

Special Agent Alford (and the Internal Revenue Service in general) were met with disdain from other government agencies involved in the Silk Road investigation, including the Drug Enforcement Agency and the FBI.  Or, should I say, history once again repeated itself, as the article points out with the decades ago take down of mobster Al Capone, and the lack of historical reference to the fact that an IRS Tax Agent was responsible for success in that case, too.

IRS Special Agents are People, too.

I have interacted with IRS Special Agents not only for client matters, but also in IRS conferences and continuing education seminars.  I have always found the Special Agents to be among the brightest, hardest working, and courteous professionals I have had the pleasure of meeting, even when my interaction with them involved sometimes stressful client matters.  (I am an Enrolled Agent licensed by the United States Department of the Treasury and provide Tax Representation, Preparation, and Planning Services to taxpayer clients, as well as Expert Witness Services for tax-related litigation and arbitration matters.)


Photo Credit:  Cole Wilson for the New York Times

Special Agent Alford, thank you for your hard work and persistence. Now go get some more bad guys!

Please contact me if you have questions about tax matters, including IRS and State Tax Authority audits.  For more information about my nationwide Consulting, Expert Witness, and Tax Services visit Fouts Financial Group.

Mary Rae Fouts

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