IRS Agent Accused Of Using Tax Penalty Threat As A Coercion For Sex
Eugene, OR – Vincent Burroughs, 40, filed a sexual harassment lawsuit with the US District Court in Eugene on January 25, 2013. The legal action is against Dora Abrahamson and the US Government, accusing the agent for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) of attempting to coerce sex, using the threat of a tax penalty to manipulate him.
The plaintiff is seeking unspecified punitive damages in restitution, as the IRS agent’s inappropriate actions have caused him unnecessary distress.
Vincent alleges Dora contacted him regarding a potential August 2011 tax audit, and suggested they meet to discuss it. The IRS agent subsequently sent text messages of a flirtation nature to Vincent, offering massages and company. One contained a racy photo of her.
According to Vincent, he did not know Dora nor had they ever met or spoken prior to her initial call about the audit.
An IRS audit is a review or examination of an organization or individual’s accounts and financial data. This process is executed to ensure information being reported is correct and in compliance to the tax laws.
An audit can be a particularly stressful ordeal, even for law-abiding citizens. Resolving financial inaccuracies can be painstakingly arduous and time consuming, even when suspended without expensive penalties.
Eventually, Dora appeared at Vincent’s Fall Creek home “provocatively attired” and leveled the threat of a tax penalty against Vincent if he did not engage in a sexual relationship with her.
Lawsuit filings state:
“She said that she could impose no penalty, or a 40 percent penalty, and that if he would give her what she wanted, she would give him what she needed.”
Vincent, encumbered with the intimidation, acquiesced and had sex with Dora. He failed to report the incident immediately out of shame and fear of financial retaliation.
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