Former IRS Agent Sentenced to More Than a Year in Prison for Tax Evasion
"Wayne Garvin, 57, of Columbia, South Carolina, and a former IRS employee, was sentenced to 13 months in prison, three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $74,662 restitution for filing false tax returns and providing fabricated records to the IRS in an attempt to obstruct an audit of those returns, announced United States Attorney Jacqueline C. Romero and Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department's Tax Division. The defendant pleaded guilty to multiple tax fraud charges in March 2022. Garvin had been an IRS employee for many years, most recently as a Supervisory Associate Advocate with the IRS's Taxpayer Advocate Service in Philadelphia. Garvin prepared and filed with the IRS personal income tax returns claiming false deductions and expenses associated with rental properties, fictitious real estate taxes on his personal residence, and fabricated charitable contributions from 2012 to 2016. Furthermore, Garvin deducted nearly $16,000 in false expenses related to his employment with the United States Army Reserves on his 2013 tax return. Garvin was a former member of the United States Army Reserves, but he did not perform any reservist duty in 2013 and thus was not eligible to deduct any expenses related to that employment. Garvin caused the IRS a total loss of more than $74,000."