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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Kentucky

Friday, May 10, 2013

Northern Kentucky Tax Examiner Accused Of Destroying Tax Forms

COVINGTON, KY - An employee at the IRS Service Center in Kenton County, KY., is accused of destroying hundreds of tax forms.

A federal grand jury returned an indictment Thursday charging Brady James, 30, of Burlington, KY., with one count of destruction of records with intent to impede proper administration of a matter within an agency of the United States.

According to the indictment, in April of this year, James destroyed at least 800 1041 federal income tax return forms that had been submitted to the IRS. These forms are used for individuals earning income from estates and trusts. James worked as a tax examining technician.

Kerry B. Harvey, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, and Special Agent in Charge Dwaine Brinson, Treasury Inspector General Tax Administration, Chicago Field Division, jointly announced the indictment.

The investigation preceding the indictment was conducted by agents with the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. The indictment was presented to the grand jury by Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura Voorhees.

A date for James to appear in federal court has not yet been set. If convicted he faces a minimum of probation and a maximum of 20 years in prison. However, any sentence following a conviction would come after the court considers the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and the federal statutes.

The indictment of a person by a grand jury is an accusation only, and that person is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

Updated November 25, 2015