Every year the Internal Revenue Service announces a high profile criminal tax fraud indictment in the last few weeks leading up to April 15, presumably to encourage taxpayers to file honest returns. Previous examples include baseball players Pete Rose, Dwight "Doc" Gooden, and Leona Helmsley, the gift that keeps on giving.
This year, the IRS announced charges against fourteen people for making fraudulent claims for the first time home buyers credit. Those charged include two men who, the IRS asserts, filed 50 false returns claiming $500,000 in refunds the pair pocketed.
And then there's Michael Doyle, of New Hampshire, who claimed the $8,000 credit on his 2008 return. The IRS says Doyle purchased the property in 2007, before the credit was available. Doyle is an IRS Supervisor.
The IRS couldn't tell the Boston Globe whether Doyle still worked for the Service.