Forty-nine-year-old Jeffrey N. Darr, of Piasa, IL, thought he could get out of paying his tax bill by being extra nice to an IRS agent. He owed the IRS less than $9,000 in employee taxes and other liabilities. Now he's facing up to 15 years in a federal prison and up to $500,000 in fines.
Attorneys for Darr argued that he is the victim of an entrapment scheme, claiming an IRS agent came to his home and told him he could either pay money to her or pay his tax bill to the IRS. Darr agreed to pay the agent $5,000, but when he went to his bank, he could only get a loan for $3,000. He gave the $3,000 to the agent and promised he would pay the additional $2,000.
A jury found him guilty of offering a bribe and giving a bribe to an IRS agent. He is free on bond and will remain so until his sentencing, after telling the U.S. District Court Judge that he needed to stay out of jail so he could harvest his crops this fall. His sentencing is scheduled for January 2, 2008.