IRS Employee Charged with Money Laundering

Maggie Cooper, of Memphis, TN, has been charged in a 38 count indictment for money laundering and money laundering conspiracy.  Cooper, 62, is alleged to have committed these crimes while working as a tax analyst for the Internal Revenue Service.  The charges were announced by Edward L. Stanton III, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, and Christopher A. Henry, Special Agent in Charge of IRS-Criminal Investigation.

The indictment alleges that in a scheme that ran from 2011 to September 2012, Cooper conspired with others to conduct financial transactions with money made from marijuana trafficking.  Specifically, Cooper made purchases in her name with money from her co-conspirators’ illegal activity.  These transactions included items such as a 2007 Jaguar XKR.  There was an understanding in place that the purchased items would be paid for and owned by the co-conspirator.  Cooper, who held her position at the IRS for 27 years, is also accused of allowing bank accounts to be opened in her name specifically for the purchase and sale of marijuana.

If she is found guilty of money laundering, Maggie Cooper faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in a federal prison, fines up to $500,000, and criminal forfeiture.

This case was investigated by IRS-Criminal Investigation, U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), and the Memphis Police Department Organized Crime Unit.  Assistant United States Attorney Deb Ireland is representing the government.

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