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

Monday, September 9, 2013

New Special Agent In Charge To Lead IRS Criminal Investigation, Cincinnati Field Office

Kathy A. Enstrom has assumed the position of Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), Cincinnati Field Office, a position to which she was appointed by the Chief, Criminal Investigation, Richard Weber, in August 2013.

An 18-year veteran of IRS-CI, Ms. Enstrom began her career in 1995 with IRS-CI in as a student Special Agent in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Ms. Enstrom was promoted to Special Agent in 1996 and transferred to Chicago, Illinois.  During her field assignments, Ms. Enstrom worked various income tax, money laundering and Bank Secrecy Act investigations.  Specifically, she was assigned to the Chicago High Intensity Financial Crimes Area Task Force. 

Immediately prior to her assignment in Cincinnati, Ms. Enstrom served as a Supervisory Special Agent in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she supervised agents and support staff in the Green Bay and Milwaukee offices.  In 2010, Ms. Enstrom was selected for the Deputy Attaché position in Ottawa, Canada.  While in Canada, Ms. Enstrom assisted Special Agents in retrieving information from Canadian authorities, businesses and individuals and developing financial investigations with International connections.

In 2011, Ms. Enstrom was selected as a participant in an IRS pilot program called the Accelerated Senior Leadership Program.  This program is designed to accelerate the development and advancement of leaders with the ability, engagement and aspirations to become a Senior Leader or Executive within IRS-CI.  As part of this program, Ms. Enstrom was detailed to Refund Crimes in Headquarters as a Senior Analyst.  While in Refund Crimes, Ms. Enstrom was the National Return Preparer Program Coordinator, established the IRS-CI Identity Theft Clearinghouse and assisted in the development of the Identity Theft Disclosure Waiver Program.  In May 2012, Ms. Enstrom was assigned to the Los Angeles Field Office as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge where she oversaw six groups in the Los Angeles and San Bernardino area.

Ms. Enstrom is a native of Marion, Iowa.  She graduated from Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1996 with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Business Administration.  Ms. Enstrom completed her MBA in 2008 at Cardinal Stritch University located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Ms. Enstrom is married to Jim Enstrom.

IRS-CI Cincinnati Field Office covers the entire State of Ohio, and includes Posts of Duty in Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, Cleveland, Independence, Akron/Canton, and Toledo.

Kathy Enstrom, Special Agent in Charge, IRS, Criminal Investigation, stated, “As forensic accountants, IRS-CI Special Agents are known for their ability to 'follow the money'”.  I am committed to making a difference and my office will use all of its resources in order to aggressively investigate individuals and businesses who commit income tax fraud, as well as, those who conspire to conceal their criminal activities.”

Ms. Enstrom is responsible for planning, directing, and evaluating activities of IRS-CI employees in the Cincinnati Field Office.  The mission of IRS-CI is to serve the American public by investigating potential criminal violations of the Internal Revenue Code and related financial crimes in a manner that fosters confidence in the tax system and compliance with the law.  IRS-CI’s top law enforcement priorities are outlined in the CI Compliance Strategy which is designed to promote tax compliance.  IRS-CI’s Program Strategy is comprised of three independent programs: Legal Source Tax Crimes; Illegal Source Financial Crimes; and Narcotics Related Financial Crimes.  IRS-CI must investigate and assist in the prosecution of those significant financial investigations that will generate the maximum deterrent effect, enhance voluntary compliance, and promote public confidence in the tax system.

Updated March 12, 2015