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Elmer Lincoln Irey

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Tax History Project -- Who You Callin' a Tax Cheat?, 30 April 2009 [cached]
Meanwhile, Elmer Irey, chief investigator for the Bureau of Internal Revenue, assured lawmakers that Morgenthau's returns included nothing questionable.
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.
Press Releases | Mob Museum, 17 June 2014 [cached]
Silent sleuths, 23 May 2003 [cached]
In fact, it was an accountant with the Internal Revenue Service, Elmer Irey, who played a key role in pursuing Capone for tax evasion.Irey - chief of the US Treasury Enforcement Branch and head of the IRS Special Intelligence Unit (formed in 1919 primarily to combat employee crime) - concocted false identities for two IRS agents so they could infiltrate Capone's circle.After the agents located the incriminating books, Irey worked in tangent with government attorney George E.Q. Johnson to ensure Capone's imprisonment.
Irey was, in effect, America's first high-profile forensic accountant.He and his crack team of sleuths - dubbed "the silent investigators"- used their superior investigative and analytical skills to piece together an irrefutable chronicle of Capone's financial malfeasance.
The biggest effort was led by ..., 25 Jan 2010 [cached]
The biggest effort was led by Elmer Irey of the IRS Special Intelligence Unit, who redoubled his ongoing efforts shortly after Hoover's mandate.
Persistent civil servant Elmer Irey had been investigating Ralph for years.
In that same month, Elmer Irey went to Chicago to meet with the agent-in-charge Arthur P. Madden to map out their battle strategy.
Neither Graziano nor De Angelo could ever be seen or heard talking to Irey or Madden, so an intermediary had to be found.
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