IRS Investigator Charged With Taking Bribe

William Koskos, an investigator with the IRS for 31 years, was charged Monday with accepting a bribe from a Detroit area builder from whom he was supposed to be collecting back taxes.

The builder, Hudson Construction, owed the IRS more than $500,000. Mr. Koskos was in charge of collecting the debt.

The IRS had previously attached a levy to funds owed Hudson Construction from one of its clients, Clintondale Community Schools, according to a report in the Detroit Free Press.

Last month, David Scothorn, a former East Detroit schools business manager, was sentenced to up to 14 months in prison for accepting a bribe of $20,000 to remain quiet about an inflated bid for a building project. The bribe came from Hudson Construction.

IRS agent Koskos is charged with accepting nearly $20,000 in cash as well as meals, golf outings, and a Jeep, in exchange for not collecting the tax debt. Mr. Koskos has been released on $10,000 bond but faces up to 15 years in prison if he is convicted.

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