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AUTO REPAIR SHOP OWNER INDICTED IN IRS BRIBE SCHEME

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31, 2010

BOSTON, MA - A federal grand jury has indicted an Allston man for trying to bribe an agent of the Internal Revenue Service.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Kevin J. McGlynn, Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, Office of Investigations, New York Field Division, announced today the unsealing of an indictment charging AI VAN DUONG, 53, of Allston, MA, with Bribery of a Public Official.

The Indictment alleges that DUONG attempted to bribe an Internal Revenue agent between January and February of 2010, to produce a false audit report. At the time of the audit, DUONG owned and operated an auto repair shop in Allston, and was being audited for prior tax years by the IRS. It is alleged that DUONG gave the agent conducting the audit $3,000 with the intent to influence the agent to produce a false audit report declaring that DUONG owed approximately $80,000 less back taxes than he actually owed to the United States government.

If convicted of the charge, DUONG faces a maximum punishment of 15 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, three years supervised release and forfeiture of the bribe payments.

The case was investigated by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration’s Office of Investigations, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney S. Theodore Merritt of the Public Corruption and Special Prosecutions Unit.
The details contained in the Indictment are allegations. The defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

 

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