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AG Derek Schmidt, Revenue Secretary Sam Williams announce efforts to strengthen tax fraud prosecution

Release Date: Mar 29, 2018

TOPEKA – (March 29, 2018) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and Secretary of Revenue Sam Williams today announced that their offices have entered into an agreement to strengthen the state’s efforts to prosecute tax fraud and related crimes.

Under the agreement, the Office of the Attorney General will assume responsibility for the prosecution of cases of tax fraud and related crimes investigated by the Department of Revenue. In coordination with local county and district attorneys, the prosecutions will be handled by the attorney general’s Fraud and Abuse Litigation Division, which also handles prosecution of cases referred by the Department of Insurance and the Office of the Securities Commissioner.

“This agreement reflects our ongoing commitment to strengthening the state’s efforts to combat financial crimes,” Schmidt said. “By pooling resources from several state agencies, and by focusing each agency on what it does best, we are able to achieve efficiencies and better manage the state’s prosecution resources.”

Williams added that the agreement will allow Department of Revenue personnel to focus on agency priorities.

“The Department of Revenue is prioritizing its core mission agency wide, and this partnership with the office of Attorney General Schmidt helps us do that by freeing up our legal team to refocus attention on ensuring compliance with the law long before it gets to prosecution,” Williams said. “I appreciate the attorney general’s willingness to partner with us to increase government efficiency.”

Schmidt and Williams said their offices are working closely to ensure a smooth transition of ongoing cases. 

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