November 30, 1999
Matthews to Head IRS Criminal Investigation
WASHINGTON -The Internal Revenue Service today named Mark E. Matthews as the first Chief of the reorganized Criminal Investigation function. IRS’s Criminal Investigation function has sole responsibility for investigating criminal violations of the tax code and also investigates money laundering and narcotics-related financial crimes.
Matthews is joining Criminal Investigation during a time of significant
organizational change. For the first time, the Chief of Criminal Investigation will have
line authority over all 4,500 CI employees throughout the U.S. and will report directly to
the IRS Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner.
“Mark brings to this critically important position an exceptional combination of
experience in prosecution of financial crimes, management in government agencies
and private law practice,” said Charles O. Rossotti, Commissioner of Internal Revenue.
Matthews has 14 years of experience in the prosecution and litigation of
financial crimes. His most recent public service was as Deputy Assistant Attorney
General, responsible for criminal tax prosecutions at the Justice Department's Tax
He has previously worked at the Treasury Department as a Senior Advisor to the
Assistant Secretary for Enforcement. Before that, Matthews was an Assistant United
States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Southern District of New York where
he was responsible for the direction of grand jury investigations and prosecution of
federal criminal cases. He has served in other governmental positions as a Special
Assistant to the Director at both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Central
Intelligence Agency. Most recently, he was in private law practice at the firm of
Crowell & Moring.
A graduate of Harvard College, Matthews went on to earn a master's degree in
public administration from Princeton University. He also is a graduate of the New York
University School of Law.
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