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Rep. Issa Investigates IRS Impropriety

Rep. Darrell Issa

Rep. Darrell Issa

Darrell Issa (R-CA), Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, is investigating whether or not an IRS employee’s personal relationship with the owner of a computer company led to the awarding of government contracts worth nearly $500 million.

The Congressman sent a letter to acting Treasury Secretary Neal S. Wolin, seeking information about a relationship between an unnamed IRS employee and the owner of Signet Computers Inc., Braulio Castillo. Throughout the letter sent by the Committee Chairman, the name of the IRS employee in question is blacked out.

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The document also alleges that Signet Computers may have lied to the Small Business Administration (SBA), as well, in order to make it easier for the company to get federal contracts. Also, in 2012, Issa writes that the company changed its name multiple times, potentially to avoid additional scrutiny from the SBA. Investigators have determined from witnesses that Signet Computers, Inc. is also known as Strong Castle, Inc. and Strong Castle, LLC; all owned by Castillo and sharing the same business address and website.

The Committee is requesting a series of documents to be turned over by 5:00pm on March 6th. These include the following:

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According to the letter, a whistleblower contacted the Office of The Treasury Inspector General in August of 2012 with evidence that the unnamed IRS employee improperly awarded contracts to Mr. Castillo and Signet Computers Inc. The whistleblower’s evidence also showed that Signet Computers also obtained various certifications in an improper manner. Chairman Issa’s letter also states that a second whistleblower contacted the SBA in January of 2013 with the same concerns that were highlighted in August of 2012.

Issa states in the letter that “At best we have a conflict of interest”, but also highlights the alternative by saying, “At worst, the IRS may have a situation in which a contracting official is awarding sole source contracts based on false justifications or receiving kickbacks in exchange for government contracts.”

To read the full Issa Letter Sent To The IRS by Representative Issa, click here. (PDF)

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  1. Jon says:

    Oh Darrell Issa, you ridiculous car thief…