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IRS agent takes $20,000 bribe from marijuana dealer to look the other way

By Mason White 5:35 PM May 16, 2016
Paul G. Hurley 

By: Chan Yuan
(Scroll down for video) An IRS agent was arrested on a charge of bribery after accepting thousands of dollars from a marijuana dealer in exchange for favorable audit report, according to court documents in Washington.

Now, Paul G. Hurley, 43, of Seattle, has been sentenced to serve 30 months in prison and three years of supervised release for accepting the $20,000 bribe.

Hurley was convicted following a three day trial. U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour called Hurley’s crime a tremendous breach of public trust.

According to the police investigation, Hurley was randomly assigned to audit the corporate taxes of Have a Heart Compassion Care, Inc., a medical marijuana dispensary.

In a meeting at one of the dispensary locations, Hurley presented the owner of the dispensary with the findings of the audit.

Hurley indicated to the business owner that he had saved the owner millions during the audit and that he lived paycheck to paycheck.

Hurley asked the business owner for $20,000. The business owner and his attorney reported the bribe request to the FBI.

Working with law enforcement, the business owner met twice with Hurley, and in recorded conversations, delivered cash in marked bills.

Hurley had written on the audit paperwork that the business owner had no money to pay on his tax bill following the audit.

Hurley had been an agent with the IRS since 2009, and he resigned after the conduct was discovered.