Don Fort was quoted in a recent Politico article entitled “What’s the IRS have to do with Russia and Ukraine?” published on February 28, 2022.
The article notes:
Experts say that the agency would be in a good position to track Russian assets, including those of President Vladimir Putin and his allies. The IRS’s criminal investigation division is the only part of the whole federal government “that devotes all of its resources to solving financial crimes,” said Don Fort, who led that division between 2017 and 2020 — something that makes them “uniquely situated to fill this role.”
TALKING MORE RUSSIA: The work of IRS criminal investigators in Iraq close to two decades ago also illustrates how the agency can contribute in moments like these, according to Fort, who’s now the director of investigations at Kostelanetz & Fink.
It’s also true that people trying to conceal their wealth from authorities have more weapons at their disposal now. Fort specifically mentioned virtual currencies as a new area that the IRS’s criminal investigators would offer particular expertise, given that the agency currently is seizing billions of dollars a year in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.
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