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IRS Sends Experts Next Month Around the World To Combat Cybercrime With a Focus on Crypto

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The US Internal Revenue Service will deploy experts next month to four continents to combat cybercrime, with a particular focus on tax and financial crimes that use cryptocurrency.That is part of a pilot program the IRS announced last week where “cyber attachés” will be sent to Sydney, Bogota, Frankfurt and Singapore from June to September. "In order to effectively combat cybercrime, we need to ensure that our foreign counterparts have access to the same tools and expertise we have here in the United States," said IRS Criminal Investigation Chief Jim Lee in a statement.

David Strager, who will go to Sydney, has overseen criminal investigations regarding crypto tax evasion, money laundering and international fraud, according to the IRS.“Strager holds a variety of cryptocurrency certifications and active licenses for cryptocurrency tracing tools,” the IRS said.

Cuong Ly, who will be based in Singapore also has crypto experience. He was part of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Cyber Task Force investigating fraud within crypto exchanges.

The IRS has 20 field offices in the US and 12 “attaché posts abroad,” according to a press release.The IRS’ Criminal Investigation unit seized “record amounts of data and cryptocurrency,” Lee said in an annual 2022 fiscal year report.

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