IRS Contractor’s Guilty Plea
Charles Littlejohn, a 38-year-old IRS contractor from Washington, D.C., has pleaded guilty to unlawfully disclosing tax return information without authorization.
Littlejohn’s actions have raised serious concerns regarding the security of sensitive taxpayer data.
A Breach of Trust
Attorney General Merrick B. Garland expressed his concern over Littlejohn’s actions, stating, “By using his role as a government contractor to gain access to private tax information, steal that information, and disclose it publicly, Charles Littlejohn broke federal law and betrayed the public’s trust.”
Serious Consequences for Unauthorized Disclosures
Acting Assistant Attorney General Nicole M. Argentieri of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division emphasized the gravity of unauthorized disclosures of tax return information.
She stated, “The unauthorized theft and disclosure of tax return information by government employees or contractors is a serious breach of the public’s trust.”
Dedication to Investigating Criminal Activity
The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) has played a pivotal role in uncovering this breach of trust.
Deputy Inspector General for Investigations Trevor Nelson of TIGTA reiterated their commitment to investigating and bringing to justice those who illegally disclose taxpayer information.
Details of Littlejohn’s Wrongdoings
According to court documents, Littlejohn, while working as an IRS government contractor, illicitly obtained tax return information related to a high-ranking government official referred to as “Public Official A.”
Littlejohn employed tactics to conceal the true nature of his queries, allowing him to access tax returns associated with Public Official A, as well as related individuals and entities.
He subsequently circumvented IRS protocols designed to detect and prevent large data transfers, saving the tax returns to personal storage devices.
Sharing Stolen Data with News Organizations
Littlejohn then took the stolen tax return information and provided it to two different news organizations, identified as News Organization 1 and News Organization 2.
News Organization 1 received tax return data associated with Public Official A, which was published in a series of articles in September 2020.
Littlejohn also stole tax return information for thousands of the nation’s wealthiest individuals in July and August 2020 and disclosed it to News Organization 2, which published over 50 articles based on the stolen data.
Obstruction of Investigation
In an attempt to obstruct the impending investigation into his actions, Littlejohn deleted and destroyed evidence related to his disclosures.
Littlejohn has pleaded guilty to unauthorized disclosure of tax return and return information. He is set to be sentenced on January 29, 2024, and could face a maximum penalty of five years in prison.
The actual sentence will be determined by a federal district court judge, taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
Investigation and Prosecution
The case was diligently investigated, and it is being prosecuted by Trial Attorneys Lauren Castaldi and Jonathan E. Jacobson of the Justice Department’s Public Integrity Section, with substantial assistance from Assistant U.S. Attorney Eleanor Hurney for the Northern District of West Virginia.
Related News on TDPel Media:
Chicago-Area Tax Return Preparer Pleads Guilty to False Tax Return Scheme An Illinois woman pleaded guilty today to aiding and assisting in the preparation of false income tax returns. According to court documents and statements made...
Former FBI Contractor Pleads Guilty to Production and Receipt of Child Sexual Abuse Material A former FBI contractor pleaded guilty today to production and receipt of child sexual abuse material (CSAM). According to court documents, beginning in February, Brett...
New York Man Pleads Guilty to IRS Fraud Conspiracy Guilty Plea in IRS Fraud Conspiracy A New York man, Aniello Strocchia of Maspeth, has pleaded guilty to charges of conspiring to defraud the United...
Alleged Promoter of an Illegal Tax Shelter Charged with Tax Evasion and Obstructing the IRS A federal grand jury in Sherman, Texas, returned an indictment today charging a Texas man with tax evasion and corruptly obstructing the IRS for attempting...
Former Virginia Ambulance Service Owner Found Guilty of Tax Evasion, Filing False Returns and Obstructing the IRS A federal jury convicted a Virginia man today of evading the payment of employment taxes, filing false tax returns and obstructing the IRS. According to...
Feeling overwhelmed by the prospect of filing your tax return? Get ahead of the upcoming tax season with essential information you need to know Navigating Tax Season: A Brief Overview Tax season often feels overwhelming for many individuals, prompting the need for thorough preparation. As the deadline for filing...
FBI’s Planned Disclosure on President Bola Tinubu: Tuface Idibia Supports Transparency, Calls for Broader Release of Information In response to the Tribunal’s decision to uphold the results of the 2023 elections in Nigeria, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the United...
FCT-IRS extends date for Annual Tax Returns Filing The Federal Capital Territory Internal Revenue Service FCT-IRS has extended the filing of Annual Tax returns of Organization and Agents to March 31, 2022 following its...
Owner of a long-term care facility in Georgia enters a guilty plea to attempting to obstruct the IRS Today, a Georgian man entered a guilty plea to trying to prevent the IRS from collecting employment taxes and accompanying penalties. According to court records...
Canada’s Income Tax Mandatory Disclosure Rules Consultation: Sample Notifiable Transactions Under Section 237.4 of the Income Tax Act, the Minister of National Revenue has the authority to designate, with the concurrence of the Minister of Finance,...