Former IRS manager in BR pleads guilty to criminal conflict of interest

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Officials said a former Internal Revenue Service employee pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to conflict of interest because she owned a private tax business while working as an IRS manager.

Jeanne Gavin, 61, of Baton Rouge pled guilty to exceeding authorized access to a government computer and engaging in a criminal conflict of interest. She appeared before Chief US District Judge Brian Jackson.

US Attorney Don Cazayoux Jr. said Gavin was a supervisory internal revenue agent and group manager in the Baton Rouge office of the IRS. She oversaw about 10 agents responsible for determining federal tax liability and collecting taxes.

He said she admitted to owning and operating the private tax and accounting business, which generated over $70,000, while working for the IRS. He added she also admitted to using her position to have those working under her access IRS databases for the benefit of her business.

Gavin faces up to two years in prison, a $200,000 fine and one year supervised release after serving jail time.

Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 12.

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