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Wrong Elmer Irey?

Elmer Lincoln Irey

Chief Investigator

Bureau of Internal Revenue

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Bureau of Internal Revenue

Background Information

Employment History

Investigative Chief

Internal Revenue Service

Head of the Intelligence Unit


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Tax History Project -- Who You Callin' a Tax Cheat? [cached]

Meanwhile, Elmer Irey, chief investigator for the Bureau of Internal Revenue, assured lawmakers that Morgenthau's returns included nothing questionable.

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Then Elmer Irey, the IRS agent who had placed Capone behind bars, put the kibosh on the speculation, noting that Capone would likely flee the country if he were set free.

Mobster Abner "Longie" Zwillman also offered a reward for the return of the Lindbergh baby. He even met with members of the underworld who claimed to have information on the boy's location.

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Treasury’s chief criminal investigator, Elmer Irey (who helped convicted Al Capone and Lindberg baby kidnapper, Bruno Hauptmann), was ordered to tell his six agents who had been working this case for 18 months, convinced they had a sure fraud case, to quickly wrap up the investigation.

While a Prohibition Bureau's Eliot Ness ... [cached]

While a Prohibition Bureau's Eliot Ness angry Capone by busting his unlawful breweries, a Treasury Department's Elmer Irey reserved his Intelligence Unit to build a taxation box opposite a Big Guy.

AFSA-IRS News [cached]

[July 08, 2013] A Tip of the Fedora to Elmer Lincoln Irey, the Patron Saint of the IRS

A Tip of the Fedora to Elmer Lincoln Irey, the Patron Saint of the IRS
His name is Elmer Lincoln Irey. His life and legacy are reminders of the IRS's long and largely unheralded effectiveness in taking down many of the most notorious gangsters, crooked politicians, and white-collar swindlers in American history.
"Our first chief, Elmer Lincoln Irey, foresaw a continual legacy of bringing to justice America's criminal elite and wanted us to always have a profound sense of purpose," says current IRS Chief of Criminal Investigation Richard Weber.
Not that the public knows much about Irey or his monumental impact on law enforcement.
That brings us to Irey, whom Life magazine called "one of the world's greatest detectives. The description was apt, but perhaps an understatement. As biographer William J. Slocum observed, "The story is that Elmer Irey's Intelligence Unit was literally the last hope of the American people in our running battle with the underworld."
Born in 1888 in Kansas City, Irey was raised in Washington, D.C. and began his career as a simple stenographer in the Post Office Department. While there he observed the highly scrupled efforts of the postal inspectors, meticulous sticklers for tracking every penny lost or stolen via the U.S. mail. Irey's investigative skills and ability as a leader were so evident he was placed in charge of cleaning up the obvious corruption among Prohibition agents. Borrowing a half dozen top postal inspectors, he created Treasury's Intelligence Unit in 1919, and a reluctant legend was born.
"Elmer Irey's Intelligence Unit was literally the last hope of the American people."
In his 1945 book The Giant Killers, Alan Hynd portrayed Irey as fearless and fair: "His life has been devoted to his job and his wife and sons.
If Irey has any personal feelings about the criminals he jails, it is that he can't excuse a big shot for cheating on his income taxes when little people, of whom Irey considers himself one, pay up dutifully. Everything else to Irey is beside the point."
Irey was uncommonly aggressive.
Irey and his gang were unmoved.
At a time Hoover's men were busy chasing bank robbers, Irey's Intelligence Unit recognized the structure and eminent danger of organized crime.
Irey and his agents solved the Lindbergh-baby kidnapping case, then known as the "Crime of the Century.
"Successful results thus examined in retrospect have brought pardonable pride and satisfaction to the personnel," Irey wrote, then felt compelled to add, "Unsuccessful and ineffective efforts have not been wholly without value; they have demonstrated the 'ways not to do it'-the policies and methods to avoid."
The prose was pure Irey: always mindful of his reputation, ever aware his words would be scrutinized by IRS critics.
As head of the Treasury Department's law-enforcement branches, Irey was so publicly credible Roosevelt used him to help promote the need for a dramatic increase in the income tax to finance the American military effort in World War II.
FDR noted the "incorruptibility" and "A-1 efficiency" of Irey's crew.
Irey retired from public service after the war and a decade after doctors warned him he had a serious heart condition. The great American detective died July 19, 1948.
In keeping with his character, Irey's funeral service was filled with friends and family but little fanfare. (By contrast, Hoover received a state funeral befitting a president.) Even in his 1948 memoir The Tax Dodgers, Irey managed to shift the limelight from himself to his agents.
For IRS Criminal Investigation officials such as Paul Camacho, special agent in charge of Nevada and Utah, Irey is a hero worth of his pedestal.
Elmer was a role model back then and is serving as a role model for us now.

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