Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Undercover Fraudster

It's been a rough month with fraud running rampant and the WMF exploit (Zero Day) upon us. The crooks seem to be running rampant and with tax season starting, it appears the IRS has it own woes.

By Terrie Morgan-Besecker of wrote:

"An IRS agent who was accused of dressing as a woman and using his daughter's name to obtain credit is facing up to five years in federal prison following his guilty plea to misuse of a Social Security number.

The plea agreement for Edward Snarski II, filed Tuesday in federal court, comes one year after a judge denied his motion seeking to dismiss his case based on his claim he was unfairly targeted for prosecution because he is a cross-dresser who was preparing to undergo a sex change."

For the full story, go to: Cross-dressing IRS agent pleads guilty to fraud.

In this country, we all have the right to cross dress and even obtain a sex change if we so desire. What bothers me the most is that a (I hope) former federal agent tries to have his case dismissed based on the assumption he is being targeted for his preferences. The article does state that the reason his attorney tried to argue this was because all the debts were paid for. It doesn't specify whether the payments were timely, or made after charges were filed.

Nonetheless, I would hope that a sworn federal agent would see that (at a minimum) he sets an extremely poor example to the public by engaging in the behavior that he was sworn to protect the rest of us against.

Fortunately, U.S. District Judge A. Richard Caputo dismissed the motion and Agent Snarsky will get a maximum of five years behind bars and a $250,000.00 fine.

Last year, there was a lot in the news about tax fraud from behind bars. Here is a recent story from the Arizona Republic: Inmates scam IRS big time.

Perhaps, Agent Snarsky can now preach to his fellow roommates on the dangers of committing fraud.

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