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IRS Criminal Investigations Leader to Direct New Fraud Office

March 5, 2020, 7:19 PM

The IRS has picked an official with experience in international criminal probes to head a new fraud enforcement office.

Damon Rowe will lead the newly created Fraud Enforcement Office starting starting this month, the IRS said Thursday. Tax fraud is a top priority for the agency.

  • Rowe started as a special agent in the agency’s Criminal Investigation division in 1998, where he worked his way up to executive director of international operations, a post that involved coordination with foreign governments, according to the announcement.
  • A government watchdog warned earlier this week that IRS enforcement of business identity theft falls short of fraud-prevention requirements.
  • Rowe’s “exceptional leadership skills, background and expertise will strongly support agency determinations regarding the existence of fraud, and, just as important, determinations where a fraud referral should not occur,” IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig said in a statement.

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