IRS Agent, Said Worked With ‘Fools,’ Gets Probation

NEW YORK (AP) -

A former tax examiner who once complained that he worked with “fools” at the Internal Revenue Service was sentenced to three months’ probation on Tuesday for angling for a higher-paying job with a bank that he was leading an audit against.

Dennis Lerner, appearing in federal court in Manhattan, apologized to the government and told U.S. District Judge John F. Keenan he now knows he “used very poor judgment.”

“You certainly did,” replied Keenan, before giving him probation, along with a $10,000 fine and 150 hours of community servicefor getting interviewed for a job with the German bank without the knowledge of the IRS. In emails written to the bank, Lerner repeatedly griped about his IRS job.

“I needed to see my idiot manager” and “I get paid next to nothing and work with fools,” he wrote in one email. In another, he said, “My day is empty and without any purpose.”