SMIDGEN BONANZA: IRS Ethics Lawyer Facing Possible Disbarment, Accused of Lying
Posted: August 28, 2014 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, Law & Justice, U.S. News | Tags: Disbarment, District of Columbia Court of Appeals, Internal Revenue Service, IRS, Office of Professional Responsibility, Takisha McGee, The Florida Bar, Washington Times
When News Becomes Parody: The IRS Supervisor of Promoting Moral Values is Accused of Swindling
For Washington Times, August 26th, Jim McElhatton:
A lawyer in the IRS ethics office is facing the possibility of being disbarred, according to records that accuse her of lying to a court-appointed board and hiding what she’d done with money from a settlement that was supposed to go to two medical providers who had treated her client.
The disciplinary arm of the D.C. Court of Appeals has recommended that Takisha McGee, a section manager in the IRS Office of Professional Responsibility, lose her law license over the charge, which stems from a personal injury case she worked about a year before she joined the tax agency.
Ms. McGee, who recently gave a speech to the Florida bar titled “When your license to practice before the IRS is on the line,” acknowledged in a phone interview Tuesday that her own job is on the line as she fights disbarment proceedings…. (read more) Washington Times
And in an editorial on August 27th, the Washington Times continues:
Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen testifies under subpoena before the House Oversight Committee as lawmakers continue their probe of whether tea party groups were improperly targeted for increased scrutiny by the IRS, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, June 23, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
The Tax Man’s Ethics
Sometimes real news becomes parody. Over at the Internal Revenue Service, where nobody seems to be in charge, one of the managers of the ethics office faces disbarment for unethical conduct.
Three years ago, the tax-collection agency hired one Takisha McGee and gave her supervisory authority in the Office of Professional Responsibility. She travels the country to lecture IRS agents and tax preparers on how to conduct themselves to the highest standards of integrity.
Poor, sleepy Takisha McGee. She apparently took a snooze when her law school professors instructed students that they should not steal from clients. Two of the clients Ms. McGee represented won a personal-injury case and their settlement money went mysteriously missing. The clients called, emailed and sent fax messages to Ms. McGee to find out what was going on. She didn’t answer. The clients wanted their money, but Ms. McGee by now had been hired by the IRS, and she had no time to talk to them.
The D.C. Bar investigated and concluded that Ms. McGee put the missing cash in her pocket and lied about it…
So what to do with an an ethics lawyer with ethical problems?
…As our Jim McElhatton reported, the wheels of justice turn slowly, and the fate of Ms. McGee’s license to practice has yet to be fully determined….(read more)