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  • RuralRebel 11:14 pm on June 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: illegals   

    Info you probably won’t get in US media…about 7 Eleven raid on ILLEGALS 

    7-Eleven store owners charged in scheme to exploit immigrant employees

    Managers and owners of stores in Long Island and Virginia accused of stealing wages and providing false documents

    7-Eleven immigration

    Immigration officials detained 18 workers, including some who first notified authorities about the alleged fraud in 2010. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

    Nine owners and managers of 7-Eleven stores across Long Island and inVirginia were charged on Monday in a scheme to exploit immigrants fromPakistan and the Philippines, in part by paying them using the stolen Social Security numbers of a child and three dead people while stealing most of their wages.

    Most of the defendants were arrested early Monday as federal authorities raided 14 franchise stores. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were executing search warrants at more than 40 other stores across the country suspected of similar infractions, authorities said at a news conference in Brooklyn.

    Four defendants who hold both US and Pakistani citizenship belong to a family that has participated in social events with Pakistan’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, prosecutors said in court papers as they highlighted foreign ties while seeking to have the defendants held without bail until trial. Another defendant is a citizen of the Philippines. The government said the defendants pocketed tens of millions of dollars in the scheme, hiding some of the money.

    Federal indictments naming eight men and one woman allege that since 2000 they employed more than 50 immigrants who didn’t have permission to be in the U.S. They tried to conceal the immigrants’ employment by stealing the identities of about two dozen people – including those of the child, the dead and a Coast Guard cadet – and submitting the information to the 7-Eleven payroll department.

    When 7-Eleven’s headquarters sent the wages for distribution, the employers stole up to 75% of the workers’ pay, authorities said. The defendants also forced the workers to live in houses they owned and pay them rent in cash, they added.

    “The defendants not only systematically employed illegal immigrants, but concealed their crimes by raiding the cradle and the grave to steal the identities of children and even the dead,” US attorney Loretta Lynch said in a statement. “Finally, these defendants ruthlessly exploited their immigrant employees, stealing their wages and requiring them to live in unregulated boarding houses, in effect creating a modern day plantation system.”

    Lynch told a news conference the stolen identifications were “recycled from store to store and state to state” in a case driven by greed among defendants who bought big houses.

    The government seized the franchise rights of 10 stores in New York and four stores in Virginia. The stores will remain open under the parent company’s operation. Authorities said the stores had generated $182m in profits shared by the defendants and 7-Eleven.

    Immigration officials detained 18 workers, including some who first notified authorities about the alleged fraud in 2010. Lynch said the workers would be processed through the system, with some who served as whistleblowers being able to remain in the country while the case is prosecuted.

    “Several workers came forward and complained,” she said of employees who were recruited from the same ethnic communities as the defendants.

    The defendants were to appear in court on Long Island and Norfolk, Virginia, later in the day to face wire fraud conspiracy, identity theft and alien harboring charges. They face up to 20 years in prison if convicted of conspiracy and other charges. Those arrested included a married Long Island couple who owned, co-owned or controlled a dozen 7-Eleven franchise stores on Long Island and Virginia. The couple bought their first franchise license in 1988.

    The government said the franchises were licensed by Dallas-based 7-Eleven Inc., the US subsidiary of Seven & I Holdings, which operates, licenses or franchises 49,000 convenience stores worldwide, including 7-Eleven stores in 16 countries.

    A 7-Eleven spokesman said the company was cooperating with the investigation, but declined further comment.

    The case reflects stepped-up enforcement against employers using bogus documentation for immigrant workers. In the past two years, federal authorities have brought similar charges against more than 500 business-owners and managers, said James Hayes, head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s New York office.

    “There’s real teeth to these laws, and we’re using them now more than ever before,” Hayes said.

    Hayes said the workers in the 7-Eleven cases were not innocent victims in the scheme but also were exploited by bosses who paid them a fraction of what they were owed for working up to 100 hours a week.

    Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc also came under investigation in recent years for hiring workers who were in the country illegally. Last year, federal prosecutors charged a Minneapolis man who ran a company that provides labor to large poultry farms with transporting and harboring illegal immigrants.

    Haeyoung Yoon, senior staff attorney for the National Employment Law Project, said that low-wage employers are more prone to not having the proper documentation for their workers. Once the fraud is exposed, the workers typically end up getting fired on the spot and sometimes deported, Yoon said.

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  • RuralRebel 10:54 pm on June 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Hey Holder…listen up…Kelly has your number 

    ‘NSA should come clean about domestic spying’: Ray Kelly

    • By JENNIFER BAIN
    • Last Updated: 6:18 PM, June 17, 2013
    • Posted: 4:09 PM, June 17, 2013

    Police Commissioner Ray Kelly launched a stinging rebuke to the federal government’s secret phone and Internet monitoring campaign — and suggested leaker Edward Snowden was right about privacy “abuse.”

    “I don’t think it ever should have been made secret,” Kelly said today, breaking ranks with US law-enforcement officials.

    His blast came days after the Obama administration and Attorney General Eric Holder outraged New York officials by endorsing a federal monitor for the NYPD.

    Kelly appeared to firmly reject Holder’s claim that disclosure of the monitoring campaign seriously damaged efforts to fight terrorism.

    “I think the American public can accept the fact if you tell them that every time you pick up the phone it’s going to be recorded and it goes to the government,” Kelly said. “I think the public can understand that. I see no reason why that program was placed in the secret category.”

    “Secondly, I think if you listen to Snowden, he indicates that there’s some sort of malfeasance, people . . . sitting around and watching the data. So I think the question is: What sort of oversight is there inside the [National Security Agency] NSA to prevent that abuse, if it’s taking place?”

    Kelly has been on the receiving side of this kind of criticism.

    The NYPD secretly spied on Muslim organizations, infiltrated Muslim student group and videotaped mosque-goers in New Jersey for years, it was revealed in 2012. The NYPD said its actions were lawful and necessary to keep the city safe.

    After the vast federal phone-Internet monitoring program was revealed, President Obama said he had struck the right balance between ensuring security and protecting privacy.

    But yesterday, Kelly indicated Obama was wrong.

    “I think we can raise people’s comfort level if in fact information comes out as to that we have these controls and these protections inside the NSA,” he said.

    Allies of Kelly viewed his criticism as payback for Holder’s decision to recommend — at the 11th hour of a controversial court case — that a federal monitor oversee the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk program.

    “Everything that Ray Kelly does has a purpose,” said City Council Public Safety Chairman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Queens). “If Eric Holder wants to lecture Police Commissioner Kelly on how to fight crime in New York, then one of the world’s foremost experts on public safety [Kelly] can lecture Holder on how to fight terrorism.

    Holder and other law-enforcement officials have trashed Snowden and his claim about out-of-control government snooping.

    Kelly said of the leaker:

    “He tried to give the impression, it seems to me, that these system administrators had carte blanche to do what they wanted to do,” he said. “I think it’s a problem if that’s in fact what’s happening.”

     
  • RuralRebel 7:10 pm on June 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Why do we always have to go to bottom of article to get some of the truth? 

    McConnell campaign, tea party activist publicly spar over primary challenge
      By Alexis Levinson 

    A Kentucky Republican operative named David Adams is doing everything he can to drive Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell crazy.

    Adams, a self-styled tea party activist who worked on Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul’s 2010 primary campaign, is regularly quoted in national media outlets lambasting McConnell, who faces re-election in 2014, and he is making an active effort to recruit a tea partier to challenge McConnell in the GOP primary. The McConnell campaign has attacked him back, creating a public conflict between the tea party and the so-called establishment senator, even as a seemingly unlikely alliance has emerged between McConnell and the more anti-establishment Paul.

    A serious challenger to McConnell, who has a 44 percent approval rating according to a May Public Policy Polling poll conducted for Senate Majority PAC, a Democratic group, has yet to materialize. But for the past few weeks, Adams has been announcing to the press that he has found such a challenger. He will not, however, say whom.

    “That’s going very well. No timeline. We’re just enjoying immensely watching the McConnell team flail around blindly,” Adams told The Daily Caller in a phone interview Friday. “We’ve got a little bit of time to just sit back and enjoy that. So that’s what we’re doing.”

    Adams suggests his expertise stems from his time as Paul’s campaign manager during his 2010 primary election, but Kentucky operatives who worked with Adams on that and other campaigns were skeptical of Adams’ claims and his influence.

    “I wore my car out traveling around all over the state trying to help a guy who was a virtual unknown become elected to the U.S Senate. Worked my guts out,” Adams said of his time on the Paul campaign. He parted ways with the campaign after the primary, he said, to go work on Phil Moffett’s unsuccessful gubernatorial bid, something he said he was “setting some groundwork for” before he joined the Paul campaign.

    Other people from the Paul campaign tell the story differently, describing Adams as a likable person, but a poor campaign manager.

    “David Adams? The guy we fired? He’s just so incompetent,” Jesse Benton, who managed Paul’s campaign after he won the Republican primary and is currently managing McConnell’s campaign, told TheDC in March, regarding Adams’ efforts to find a challenger to McConnell.

    Another source close to the Paul campaign told TheDC that Adams’ claim that he was campaign manager was “not accurate in any capacity.”

    “He didn’t really do anything,” the source said. “He was with us because he had a business card.”

    “Our campaign outgrew him, and I guess that’s just the best way to put it. We developed a professional campaign that just outgrew him,” the source explained.

    “I have nothing bad to say about the guy really,” the source added. “He’s not a bad person.”

    Another source close to the Paul campaign said that Adams had the title of campaign manager, but that he “didn’t do the technical aspect of what a campaign manager would do.”

    The source said that other members of the Paul campaign were often not sure what Adams was doing, or where he was, and that, at times, he was simply inaccessible.

    A source close to the Moffett campaign told a similar story.

    “He started out as campaign manager and he retained the title, but he really didn’t do the work,” the source said.

    “He just disappeared. … Quit returning phone calls. Had no idea where he was or what he was doing. He would pop up every once in awhile, but he certainly wasn’t managing the campaign,” the source said.

    Adams dismissed those claims, saying it “figures” that the person who made them didn’t speak on the record.

    “I would call shenanigans on that. I’m glad to talk to you on the record,” he said.

    Adams is quite willing to talk on the record and does so often, appearing in a multitude of national media stories about McConnell’s 2014 reelection campaign and touting opposition to McConnell within the party. Talking to the press is one of Adams’s strong suits, said the second source close to the Paul campaign.

    He was “really good at trying to get media attention, get exposure,” the source said.

    But Adams interactions with the media are often self-serving, said some of the sources who talked to TheDC.

    “David is kind of ‘team David,’” said the second source close to the Paul campaign, calling Adams an “opportunist” who was too focused on “getting his name out there.”

    Sources said that Adams’ quotes to the press did not necessarily translate into action, voicing skepticism that he could get a candidate to challenge McConnell.

    “I know he’s talking a lot about it, but I don’t think there’s any real action. And really in one statement that probably sums up David in a lot of ways,” said the source close to the Moffett campaign. “He’s good at talking, but there’s usually not a lot of action behind it.”

    “He talks a lot,” Trey Grayson, former Secretary of State of Kentucky who lost to Paul in the 2010 Republican Senate primary, told TheDC in a phone interview.

    “He loves to talk to the media, and he loves to drop hints or sort of smack talk, if you will,” Grayson said, calling Adams “more of a talker than a doer.”

    Before Adams joined the Paul campaign, Grayson said he tried to get a job with Grayson’s campaign and “made a statement that he preferred me to Rand.” Grayson said he was not personally involved in the conversation and that Adams spoke to his communications director. The campaign did not offer Adams a job, and a few weeks later he called back to say he had taken a job with the Paul campaign.

    Grayson said he liked Adams personally, but remained skeptical of his capability as a campaign operative. Adams told WHAS 11 at the end of May that he had heard that McConnell was “very, very upset and very worried, losing some sleep” over the challenger Adams says he has recruited.

    “They’re not losing sleep over anything David Adams is doing,” Grayson said. “That’s one thing that’s certain.”

    Adams has evidently irritated some people enough that personal attacks are beginning to fly, something Adams evidently thrives on.

    “More nasty quotes would be just beautiful,” Adams said, when asked about the barbs he had been trading publicly with the McConnell campaign.

    TheDC has obtained his arrest records, which include a DUI in Georgia, which Adams confirmed. Asked for his reaction to the fact that TheDC had obtained his arrest records, Adams sounded almost gleeful.

    “That’s show business,” he said.

    “I aspire to be the kind of person that they lock in a cage in a basement and throw raw meat at me … three times a day and let me out to fight for freedom and liberty, on occasion. That’s the kind of person that I want to be. So if anybody wants to try to nip at my heels to prevent me from doing that, have at it.”

    Asked how he had ended up so at odds with Benton after they were on the same team in 2010, Adams said, “if you’re looking for who has changed, who’s moved, you gotta talk to Jesse.”

    Benton, for his part, said Adams was just hurting Republicans in Kentucky.

    “David is an okay guy, but his antics get really frustrating,” Benton told TheDC. “Both of our Senators are working really hard to bring Republicans, Conservatives and Independents together and David seems bent on tearing people apart. Our team is committed to uniting people and we will keep working hard to do just that.”

     
  • RuralRebel 6:25 pm on June 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Federal Bureau of Investigation, Islam,   

    FBI investigating ….. 

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    imageThey sure know how to investigate everything……except the White House and Islamic Terrorist

     
  • RuralRebel 6:13 pm on June 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Screw the US native born….. 

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    imageAre you tired if it yet? If you are from the other 49 States

    and legal. ….. forget it! !!!

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  • RuralRebel 4:12 pm on June 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Gannett. liberal news   

    Liberal Journal News drags down Gannett, everywhere… 

    Westchester County’s liberal Journal News drags down Gannett

    By Richard Grenell

    Published June 17, 2013

    Gracia Martore, president and CEO of Gannett, probably doesn’t care too much about The Journal News in suburban New York.  

    Since assuming the position of Gannett CEO in late 2011, Martore went to work reorganizing the then struggling Gannett, launching a campaign to re-brand the age-old company with an aggressive digital strategy.  

    Martore’s sound leadership has also been rewarded by Wall Street with an increasing stock value – something rare for media properties these days.

    Since when did it become fashionable for a journalist to criticize exhaustive news coverage of a public outrage?

     During her tenure, however, not every cog of Gannett’s machinery has been on the upswing.  Foremost among the struggling parts is the once-popular suburban newspaper, The Journal News.  The paper’s increasingly liberal activism on a variety of issues, most notably gun control, is probably the reason for its declining readership and shredded reputation.

    On December 22, 2012, for example, The Journal News published an interactive map of the names and addresses of all the legal handgun owners in Westchester and Rockland counties.  

    Twenty eight days later, following a wave of criticism from both the public and local law-enforcement officials, the newspaper removed the interactive map (it later added a snapshot of a gun ownership map without the original full content and interactivity).  

    The about-face was seen as a major journalistic faux pas.  To make matters worse, several of the houses identified in The Journal News’ original piece suffered burglaries that involved either an attempted or successful theft of a gun-safe.  

    Seen at best as liberal activism, and at worst a cheap stunt, the daily paper’s left-wing bias was no doubt an embarrassment to Martore and other Gannett officials.  

    The paper’s leadership has repeatedly refused to apologize for or acknowledge their mistake despite having scrubbed the original map from its website.  

    In an apparent doubling down on the gun issue, the paper ran a column by Cara Matthews last week, in which she presented the divergent views of Fox News CEO Roger Ailes and MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski —both suburban New York residents—on gun control.  

    According to Matthews, the Newtown shooting and the map’s publication together “prompted New York’s elected officials to strengthen gun control laws and allow permit holders to opt out of having their name and address publicly disclosed”—hardly a modest view of The Journal News’ influence.  

    Further, rather than presenting the two sides of a divergent public policy issue, Matthews used the opportunity to lambast not just Ailes’ and gun-control critics’ views, but Ailes’ leadership and Fox News in general.

    In a strange turn away from the piece’s focus, Matthews writes, “Ailes, 73, keeps a close eye on the network’s shows and isn’t afraid to speak up when he disagrees with something.”  

    Really?  Active management is now an odd occurrence? Maybe it is in Matthews’ newsroom but it certainly has worked well for the president of the #1 cable channel on television.  

    Continuing on the tangent, she attempts to further discredit Ailes’ management style through reference to a disgraced former Fox News Producer Joe Muto – a typical talking point of the left.  

    Matthews goes on to whine that Fox News’ coverage of The Journal News map incident was “exhaustive” and “outraged” — another sure sign that Matthews and The Journal News are on a sinking ship.  

    Since when did it become fashionable for a journalist to criticize exhaustive news coverage of a public outrage?  

    Ironically, her paper has used no ink to discuss MSNBC’s biased treatment of the issue, a cable news network a Pew Research Study recently concluded fills 85% of its on-air time with opinion.

    While the bias may be unsurprising to those familiar with the mainstream media, Gannett’s Martore certainly cannot be happy being on the hook for The Journal News’ liberal agenda.  Though the interactive gun permit map was certainly the epitome of the problem, it is far from the only instance of the Journal’s consistent liberal activism.  

    Every day The Journal News’ writers fill the news and opinion pages with articles attempting to discredit Republican and conservative candidates and elected officials, without so much as mentioning the follies of their liberal colleagues.  

    While Martore’s list of concerns undoubtedly spans topics of far more importance than the activities of a local newspaper with a dwindling circulation, it would be well within Gannett’s interests to bring Martore’s re-branding mindset to their news division and clean house at The Journal News.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/06/14/westchester-county-liberal-journal-news-drags-down-gannett/?intcmp=HPBucket#ixzz2WUSwunPR

     
  • RuralRebel 3:47 pm on June 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: illegal immigration, smuggling   

    Federal authorities raid New York, Virginia 7-Eleven stores 

    Federal authorities raid New York, Virginia 7-Eleven stores in human smuggling probe
    Published June 17, 2013
    A group of 7-Eleven managers, owners and workers in New York and Virginia were taken into custody by federal authorities Monday as part of a human smuggling investigation.
    The raid follows allegations that store owners helped smuggle workers into the U.S. from Pakistan. Authorities said the workers were forced to live in housing provided by the store owners, NBC New York reports.
    Some store owners and managers were arrested Monday. Law enforcement officials say they are expected to face identity theft, money laundering and other charges, while a few are also accused of stealing from 7-Eleven’s corporate headquarters, NBC reports.
    More than a dozen workers were also taken into custody by immigration officials. The New York raids were centered on Long Island.
    The 7-Eleven company says in a statement that it is cooperating with federal authorities. It had no further comment.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/06/17/ny-va-7-eleven-stores-raided-as-part-us-investigation-into-human-smuggling/?test=latestnews#ixzz2WULdJkrW

     
  • RuralRebel 12:29 pm on June 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    FOX News: IRS Supervisor in DC Claims She Scrutinized Tea Party Groups 

    IRS Supervisor in DC Claims She Scrutinized Tea Party Groups
    Monday, June 17, 2013

    A Washington-based IRS supervisor acknowledged she was personally involved in reviewing Tea Party applications for tax-exempt status as far back as 2010, Fox News confirms — a detail that further challenges the agency’s initial claim that the practice of singling out those groups was limited to a handful of employees in Ohio. 

    Congressional sources confirmed to Fox News that Holly Paz, who until recently was a top deputy in the division that handles applications for tax-exempt status, told congressional investigators she reviewed 20 to 30 applications. Some requests languished for more than a year without action. 

    The account undercuts the narrative that senior officials only learned of the practice after it had already started in the Cincinnati office. 

    Details of Paz’s role were first reported by The Associated Press. Still, Paz provided no evidence that senior IRS officials ordered agents to target conservative groups or that anyone in the Obama administration outside the IRS was involved.

    Instead, Paz described an agency in which IRS supervisors in Washington worked closely with agents in the field but didn’t fully understand what those agents were doing. Paz said agents in Cincinnati openly talked about handling “tea party” cases, but she thought the term was merely shorthand for all applications from groups that were politically active — conservative and liberal.

    Paz said dozens of tea party applications sat untouched for more than a year while field agents waited for guidance from Washington on how to handle them. At the time, she said, Washington officials thought the agents in Cincinnati were processing the cases.

    Paz was among the first IRS employees to be interviewed as part of a joint investigation by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee.

    Congressional investigators have interviewed at least six IRS employees as part of their inquiry. The Associated Press has reviewed transcripts from three interviews — with Paz and with two agents, Gary Muthert and Elizabeth Hofacre, from the Cincinnati office.

    The IRS declined comment for this story.

    A yearlong audit by the agency’s inspector general found that IRS agents had improperly targeted conservative political groups for additional and sometimes onerous scrutiny when those groups applied for tax-exempt status.

    The audit found no evidence that Washington officials ordered or authorized the targeting. But the IRS watchdog blamed ineffective management by senior IRS officials for allowing it to continue for nearly two years during the 2010 and 2012 elections.

    Since the revelations became public last month, much of the agency’s leadership has been replaced and the Justice Department has started a criminal investigation. Both Paz and her supervisor, Lois Lerner, who headed the division that handles applications for tax-exempt status, have been replaced.

    Agency officials told congressional aides that Lerner was placed on administrative leave. They did not disclose the status of Paz, other than to say she was replaced June 7.

    Lerner is the IRS official who first disclosed the targeting at a legal conference May 10. That day, she told The AP: “It’s the line people that did it without talking to managers. They’re IRS workers, they’re revenue agents.”

    On May 22 — the day after Paz was interviewed by investigators — Lerner refused to answer questions from lawmakers at a congressional hearing, citing her Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate herself.

    Paz told congressional investigators that an IRS agent in Cincinnati flagged the first tea party case in February 2010. The agent forwarded the application to a manager because it appeared to be politically sensitive, Paz said. The manager informed Paz, who said she had the application assigned to a legal expert in Washington.

    At the time, Paz headed a technical unit in Washington that provided guidance to agents who screened applications for tax-exempt status. The agents worked primarily in Cincinnati. One of their tasks was to determine the applicant groups’ level of political activity.

    IRS regulations say tax-exempt social welfare organizations may engage in some political activity but their primary mission cannot be influencing the outcome of elections. It is up to the IRS to make that determination.

    “It’s very fact-and-circumstance intensive. So it’s a difficult issue,” Paz told investigators.

    “Oftentimes what we will do, and what we did here, is we’ll transfer it to (the technical unit), get someone who’s well-versed on that area of the law working the case so they can see what the issues are,” Paz said. “The goal with that is ultimately to develop some guidance or a tool that can be given to folks in (the Cincinnati office) to help them in working the cases themselves.”

    By the fall of 2010, the legal expert in Washington, Carter Hull, was working on about 40 applications, Paz said. A little more than half had “tea party” in the name, she said.

    IRS agents in Cincinnati were singling out groups for extra scrutiny if their applications included the words “tea party,” “patriots” or “9-12 project,” according to the inspector general’s report. Paz said she didn’t learn that agents were targeting groups based on those terms until June 2011, about the time Lerner first ordered agents to change the criteria.

    Paz said an IRS supervisor in Cincinnati had commonly referred to the applications as “tea party” cases. But, Paz said, she thought that was simply shorthand for any application that included political activity.

    “Since the first case that came up to Washington happened to have that name, it appeared to me that’s why they were calling it that as a shorthand,” Paz told congressional investigators.

    Paz said she didn’t think the agents in Cincinnati were politically motivated.

    “My impression, based on, you know, this instance and other instances in the office is that because they are so apolitical, they are not as sensitive as we would like them to be as to how things might appear,” Paz said.

    “Many of these employees have been with the IRS for decades and were used to a world where how they talked about things internally was not something that would be public or that anyone would be interested in,” Paz added. “So I don’t think they thought much about how it would appear to others. They knew what they meant and that was sort of good enough for them.”

    For several months in 2010, Hull worked closely with Hofacre, the agent in Cincinnati, to review the tea party cases, Paz said. In Hofacre’s interview, she complained that Hull micromanaged her work.

    Hofacre left for a different IRS job in October 2010 and was replaced by an agent whose name was blacked out in the transcript. Paz said the new agent sat on the tea party applications for more than a year because he was waiting on guidance from Washington on how to proceed. Officials in Washington, however, thought the agents in Cincinnati were still processing the cases, she said.

    As a result, many applications languished for more than a year, which, the inspector general said, hurt the groups’ ability to raise money.

    “I knew they were waiting for guidance,” Paz said. “I did not know that they were not working the cases because what had been done previously was, they were working the cases in consultation with Washington. And I was under the impression that that was continuing.”

    Hull was to be interviewed by congressional investigators on Friday. Efforts to reach Hull and Paz for comment were unsuccessful.

    In all, agents singled out 298 applications for additional scrutiny because the groups appeared to be involved in political activity, the inspector general’s report said. But IRS agents in Cincinnati weren’t given adequate training on how to handle the cases until May 2012, the report said.

    Before the training, only six applications had been approved. Afterward, an additional 102 applications were approved by December 2012, the report said.

    Of those 102 applications, 29 involved tea party, patriots, or 9-12 organizations, the report said. Many applications are still awaiting action. None has been rejected, according to the IRS. 

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.
    IRS Supervisor in DC Claims She Scrutinized Tea Party Groups, http://fxn.ws/1akh34Y – Sent via the FOX News Android App.

     
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