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State tax agency shutters criminal unit

Investigative services to become purviewof prosecutors’ offices

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Posted: Monday, April 22, 2013 12:00 am

As millions of Virginians rushed to finish and file their federal and state tax returns last week, the Virginia Department of Taxation eliminated its Criminal Investigative Unit — a team of investigators that worked with local prosecutors around the state to ferret out tax fraud and other criminal activities.

The department said the decision to lay off two investigators and reassign the remaining four CIU members to other areas of its compliance department was part of a reorganization and “budget reduction action” by tax department officials that will take effect July 1 and save the department $120,000 next year.

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