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IRS Employee Sentenced to Time Served for Concealing Records in Federal Department of Labor Investigation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 3, 2012

Burlington, VT – The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Richard Andersen, 46, of Franklin, Vermont, was sentenced to time served and two years of supervised release by U.S. District Judge William K. Sessions III based on his prior guilty plea to a charge of concealing records in a federal Department of Labor Investigation.

On February 2, 2012, a federal grand jury in Burlington returned a four-count indictment charging Andersen with various crimes relating to obstructing a Department of Labor Wage and Hour investigation in early 2011 focused on Andersen's business, a Sears Hometown Store in St. Albans. According to court records, Andersen worked full time for the Internal Revenue Service as an investigator in connection with the IRS's fuel tax program out of Burlington. He was authorized to own the Sears Hometown store outside of his IRS employment. Based on his guilty plea he has lost his IRS employment.

In early 2011, investigators from the Department of Labor in Vermont began an administrative investigation concerning the store's compliance wage and hour regulations. As part of the investigation, the DOL investigators requested and then subpoenaed store records including timecards for employees. Andersen admitted in court that he concealed the existence of store timecards, failing to disclose them during the investigation, which was resolved by DOL in 2011, and misrepresenting to DOL what he did with timecards. Court records reveal that Anderson also sought to hide from DOL the work performed by a juvenile employee.

This case was investigated by the Office of the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration and the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division. Andersen was represented by Natasha Sen. The prosecutor was First Assistant/Criminal Chief Paul Van de Graaf.

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