The claim by the Obama administration that the IRS scandal was limited to low level employees is falling apart, according to the Fox News affiliate
in Cincinnati, Ohio, where at least 300 conservative groups were allegedly targeted.
Fox 19 named six Cincinnati IRS workers who sent letters demanding more information to conservative groups with words including patriot, liberty, or tea party in their names as Mitchel Steele, Carly Young, Joseph Herr, and Liz Hofacre, all IRS agents, Stephen Seok, a supervising IRS agent, and a woman identified only as Ms. Richards.
Each of the agents has different individual and territory managers, but all have one local manager, Cindy Thomas, the program manager of the Tax Exempt Division in Cincinnati, in common, reports Fox 19.
Thomas is apparently the highest ranking employee in Cincinnati in the agency’s Tax Exempt and Government Entities Department, one level down from the IRS leadership in Washington.
When independent journalism group ProPublica requested information on conservative groups that had received nonprofit status, the IRS also released private information on nine conservative groups that had not yet been approved and personal information had not been redacted, according to Fox, and the person who signed off on that release was Thomas.
Former Acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller and Joseph Grant, Commissioner of Tax Exempt and Government Entities, have stepped down, while Lois Lerner, Head of Exempt Organization, invoked her Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate herself when she appeared before Congress on Wednesday.
Holly Paz, Director of Exempt Organizations, has been subpoenaed to Washington to be interviewed by lawmakers.
Congress is said not yet to be talking to Thomas.
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