A former U.S. Internal Revenue Service agent was convicted by a federal jury this week of two counts related to bribery.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 43-year-old Paul G. Hurley had been a Seattle-area agent for about six years when, in the summer of 2015, he was randomly assigned to audit a marijuana dispensary called Have a Heart Compassion Care, Inc.
Apparently Hurley didn’t have a heart, because he claimed to have saved the owner millions in taxes and then asked for $20,000 for his work.
The owner and his attorney reported the situation to authorities, and a sting was set up.
“The business owner met twice with Hurley and in recorded conversations delivered cash in marked bills,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a statement. “Some of this cash was seized from Hurley at the time of his arrest following the second meeting with the business owner.”
A federal jury took three days to deliberate the case recently. Sentencing by U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour was scheduled for May 13, 2016, prosecutors said.
Hurley faces the possibility of 15 years behind bars as well as a $250,000 fine, federal officials said.