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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Wisconsin

Monday, March 16, 2015

Former IRS Agent Convicted For Submitting False Reports

MADISON, WIS. -- John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that David J. Lindberg, 47, Cudahy, Wis., was sentenced on March 12, 2015, by U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman to two years of probation with GPS monitoring.  On December 12, 2014, Lindberg pleaded guilty to submitting false documents to the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division (IRS CID) in connection with his job.

In February 2009, while on duty as a Special Agent with IRS CID, Lindberg was in a car accident in his government vehicle and cited for OWI.  Following that incident, he was placed on temporary restricted duty and his criminal cases were reassigned.  During that process, he was asked to provide reports of witness interviews he claimed to have done in connection with a criminal investigation.  Lindberg provided six reports to his supervisor purporting to be reports of those interviews.  Further investigation by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), discovered that Lindberg falsified the reports entirely and in fact never conducted any of the interviews.  The investigation affected by Lindberg’s false reports was then closed without prosecution.

As a result of his conduct in this case, Lindberg was terminated from his job with IRS CID, a position he had held since 1994.  Judge Adelman observed that Lindberg’s actions appear to have been driven by his abuse of alcohol, and made it a condition of his probation that he abstain from the use of alcohol and submit to AODA treatment and testing.  Judge Adelman noted that the offense was very serious and that the defendant abused a position of public trust.

United States Attorney Vaudreuil stated, “In the criminal justice system we rely on the integrity of criminal investigators.  Lindberg’s conduct directly undercut that trust.  Because of the hard work and immediate action taken by both IRS CID and TIGTA to discover Lindberg’s actions, there was no further damage caused by his dishonesty.”

The charge against David Lindberg was the result of an investigation conducted by TIGTA.  The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura Przybylinski Finn.

Updated July 14, 2015