Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigations

Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs

For calendar year 2015, the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) continued its involvement in international training and provided technical assistance to international law enforcement officers in detecting tax, money laundering, and terrorist financing crimes, and preventing public corruption. With funding provided by the U.S. Department of State (DOS) and other sources, IRS-CI delivered training through agency and multi-agency technical assistance programs. Training consisted of Financial Investigative Techniques (FIT), Fraud and Public Corruption, Special Investigative Techniques (SIT), and Law Enforcement Leadership Development (LELD) courses at the International Law Enforcement Training Academies (ILEA).

Financial Investigative Techniques Training

In 2015, IRS-CI conducted FIT courses funded by an interagency agreement between the DOS and IRS-CI. Fifteen courses were conducted in the Ivory Coast, Brazil, China, Indonesia, South Africa, Kenya, Panama, El Salvador, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Tanzania, and Hungary. Over 500 individuals participated in these courses.

International Law Enforcement Academy Training

IRS-CI participated in training at the ILEAs located in Bangkok, Thailand; Budapest, Hungary; Gaborone, Botswana; and San Salvador, El Salvador. Programs included support for the LELD courses, plus FIT and Fraud and Public Corruption training.

During 2015, IRS-CI participated in training programs at the ILEAs for participants from Albania, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Bulgaria, Burundi, Colombia, Comoros, Costa Rica, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Gabon, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Lesotho, Macedonia, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, Tanzania, Togo, Ukraine, Uruguay, and Zambia.

Other Training Initiatives

From July 13 through July 25, 2015, IRS-CI conducted two one-week Fraud and Public Corruption courses at ILEA Bangkok in Bangkok, Thailand. At least 78 participants attended the training. Participants from Laos, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam attended.

From July 20 through July 25, 2015, IRS-CI provided an instructor for the “Fundamentals of the Accusatory System” course in Mexico City, Mexico. This training was sponsored by the Department of Justice Overseas Prosecutorial Development Assistance and Training (DOJ-OPDAT).

From September 21 through September 25, 2015, IRS-CI conducted Fraud and Public Corruption training in Brasilia, Brazil. Forty-four participants attended the course that was funded by DOS-CT.

Finally on November 30 through December 11, 2015, IRS-CI hosted twenty-one participants from Colombia for the Policia Economica Financiera Comprehensive Financial Investigations Course that was held at NCITA. The course was funded by DOS-INL and NAS.