Long Beach IRS Agent Facing 15-Years in Prison for Allegedly Accepted Bribes
By Eric Richards
A Long Beach Internal Revenue Service employee has been arrested, accused of allegedly accepting bribes in exchange for reducing taxpayers bills by thousands of dollars. 50-Year old Felecia Taylor has been charged with solicitation and receiving a bribe as a public official. According to the U.S Attorney’s Office, the crimes occurred last month when an unidentified “Tax Payer,” who was being audited, met with Taylor at her Long Beach office to discuss his liability. During that meeting, the “Tax Payer,” reportedly discusses ways to reduce his tax bill from $33, 000 to $15,000. According to the criminal complaint, Taylor allegedly agreed to sign off on adjusted taxes in exchange for $5,000 in cash.
Federal Agents set up a “Sting Operation” after they were alerted by the Tax Payer in the criminal complaint. Prosecutors say that they have evidence that shows Taylor in a meeting where the exchange of money allegedly took place. If convicted, Taylor faces up to 15-years in Federal Prison.