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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Georgia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Local Businessman Charged with Bribery

ATLANTA – Magdaleno Garcia Alonso, the owner and operator of Acworth Georgia Concrete, Incorporated, was arraigned on November 13, 2018, on bribery charges for offering to pay an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) employee $30,000 to falsify results of audits of his individual and business tax returns for 2015 and 2016.

“Alonso’s alleged attempt to bribe a federal employee by offering cash in return for fabricated audit reports of his tax returns failed,” said U. S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak.  “The integrity of IRS is not for sale and those who devise schemes to circumvent paying their tax obligations will be investigated and prosecuted.”

“It is the mission of the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) to protect the integrity of the IRS and promote the fair administration of our federal tax system,” said Special Agent in Charge Gary Smith of TIGTA’s Southern Field Division.  “TIGTA and our law enforcement partners at the U.S. Attorney’s Office will do everything within our power to ensure those individuals who attempt to bribe IRS agents and corrupt our nation’s tax system will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”  

According to U.S. Attorney Pak, the charges, and other information presented in court: Between September 14 and 19, 2018, Alonso allegedly bribed an IRS employee to falsify the results of audits of his personal and business tax returns for tax years 2015 and 2016.  TIGTA agents arrested Garcia on November 9, 2018.   

Magdaleno Garcia Alonso, 50, of Acworth, Georgia, was arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Judge John K. Larkins III on an indictment returned by a federal grand jury on November 5, 2018. Members of the public are reminded that the indictment only contains charges.  The defendants are presumed innocent of the charges and it will be the government’s burden to prove the defendants’ guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.

This case is being investigated by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jenny R. Turner is prosecuting the case.

For further information please contact the U.S. Attorney’s Public Affairs Office at USAGAN.PressEmails@usdoj.gov or (404) 581-6016.  The Internet address for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia is http://www.justice.gov/usao-ndga.

Topic(s): 
Tax
Updated November 14, 2018