IRS keeps guns for ‘serious criminal activity,’ says retired agent – New York Post | Vette Leader

Retired special agent Anthony Dominicis wants to reassure Americans that the IRS isn’t after them with guns.

“It’s just not true,” he said. “The only people who need to worry about an armed agent are those involved in serious criminal activity.”

With President Biden’s new $739 billion Inflation Reduction Act signed into law to pump some $80 billion into the IRS – adding 87,000 new workers – some are wondering why the department needs an arsenal.

With some wondering why the IRS needs 3,282 pistols, 621 shotguns and more than three million rounds of ammunition, former agents told The Post that only those involved in “serious criminal activity” need worry.
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According to the Government Accountability Office’s most recent 2018 report on federal gun and ammunition purchases, the IRS is in possession of 3,282 handguns, 621 shotguns and more than three million rounds of ammunition.

Among those sounding the alarm is Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, who asked last week, “Are they going to have a strike force that comes in with AK-15s already loaded and ready to shoot some small business owners in Iowa?”

Retired IRS special agent Tony Dominicis carried a gun when making arrests like drug dealers but had never fired it in his career.
Retired IRS special agent Tony Dominicis carried a gun when making arrests like drug dealers but had never fired it in his career.
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In July, Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz introduced the Disarm the IRS Act to prevent the agency from buying ammunition, saying, “They are arming the IRS like they are preparing to take Fallujah.”

And while the IRS buys new guns and ammunition every year, including $92,263 allocated for ammunition as recently as March, only criminal investigators are allowed to carry guns. CI devotes 72 percent of its resources to those who do tax evasion, but the rest goes to criminals of all stripes: drug gangs, money launderers, cyber crooks and scammers, according to the agency’s 2021 report, which said it will spend this fiscal year Has conducted 1,372 investigations year.

Domenicis, who retired from the department in 2019, told The Post that he never fired his gun while working as an undercover special agent within CI for the IRS.

Sometimes he drew his gun, as in 2005 when he arrested a Mexican drug dealer hiding in a ranch house outside of Phoenix. The suspect had vowed not to be taken alive.

Dominicis worked for many years as an undercover special agent with the IRS.
Dominicis worked for many years as an undercover special agent with the IRS.

“I had an informant at the house, so we knew he was armed — he had a .45 — and this guy told me our suspect said he wasn’t going back to jail,” said Dominicis, who has one arm of Arizona had investigated the deadly Sinaloa cartel.

In an early morning raid after months of working with the FBI, DEA and other agencies, Dominicis drew his Sig Sauer 9mm pistol, unsure of how the planned shutdown might play out, as the team rushed in.

In 2019, the IRS's CI Division was part of Operation Cookout, a multi-agency investigation into the Sinaloa cartel in Virginia, North Carolina and Texas that led to the arrest of 35 suspects and the seizure of 24 firearms, 30 kilos of fentanyl and 30 kilos of heroin .
In 2019, the IRS’s CI Division was part of Operation Cookout, a multi-agency investigation into the Sinaloa cartel in Virginia, North Carolina and Texas that led to the arrest of 35 suspects and the seizure of 24 firearms, 30 kilos of fentanyl and 30 kilos of heroin .
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“It’s always dangerous to knock on someone’s door without knowing what’s going on on the other side,” he said.

“We got in and I covered a hallway on the right. The suspect came out in his underwear so it was easy to tell he was unarmed. I put my gun on him and there were no problems.”

But this arrest, Dominicis said, underscores the need for IRS agents to have adequate weapons to prosecute violent criminals.

"I don't think most people realize how involved these agents are in law enforcement activities," said Ryan Corrigan, a longtime member of the IRS Criminal Investigation Department.
“I don’t think most people realize just how involved these agents are in law enforcement activities,” said Ryan Corrigan, a senior CID member of the IRS.
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“Being armed is smart,” he said. “I would not try to arrest anyone without them.”

The criminal investigation department, which operates its own forensics laboratory and weapons station, currently has 2,046 agents.

Drug cases are among the riskiest for agents, said Dominicis, who now runs a PI firm, Maven Investigations, near Knoxville, Tenn.

He said that when he and others broke up an ID-theft ring run by a Miami drug gang, “we served numerous warrants in seedy neighborhoods.”

"being armed is smart" said Domenicis (far left) of the extermination of potentially violent federal criminals. "I wouldn't try to arrest anyone without her."
“Being armed is smart,” Domenicis (far left) said of arresting potentially violent federal criminals. “I would not try to arrest anyone without them.”

“There was an increased risk. So perimeter security teams had AR-15s on hand just in case.”

CI was part of Operation Cookout, a 2019 multi-agency investigation into the Sinaloa cartel in Virginia, North Carolina and Texas. The investigation resulted in the arrest of 35 defendants and the seizure of 24 firearms, 30 kilos of fentanyl and 30 kilos of fentanyl heroin.

“I don’t think most people realize how involved these agents are in law enforcement activities,” said Ryan Corrigan, a longtime CI member who has published a new book, Special Agent, detailing his career.

“The agents are involved in many things these days: cryptocurrency fraud, terrorism, international money laundering.

“Any time you arrest a crime, it’s dangerous,” he said. ‘You might encounter someone armed. It’s better to have a gun if you need it.”

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