Corruption allowed illegal betting houses and gaming parlors to flourish in major cities. Yes, Capone and other prohibition gangsters were locked up, but the country was still littered with corrupt political bosses that carved out equitable partnerships with mobsters.
One of most popular national politicians, Huey Long, had the entire state of Louisiana up for sale. Soon after being appointed, Treasury Secretary Henry J Morgenthau Jr. made Elmer Lincoln Irey his special representative.
He empowered Irey to investigate reports of corruption in high office as if they were John Doe and “let the chips fall where they may.” Morgenthau also tasked Irey with rooting out inefficiency in other treasury law enforcement Units.
Eventually, Irey became the Chief coordinator of all Treasury law enforcement groups, overseeing Secret Service, US Customers, Border Patrol, Coast Guard Investigations, IRS Criminal and the Alcohol Tax Division (ATF). In all, under Irey, he and his agents sent two thirds of all federal criminals to prison.
The story of Elmer Irey and his T-Men – when told in juxtaposition to the other famed law enforcement leader of the time, J Edgar Hoover – becomes an engaging tale of unsung heroes, professional jealousy, turf battles, empire building and the exploitation of the media for personal gain.
One leader chose a selfless pursuit of leadership excellence, the other chose, in the eyes of many, a relentless pursuit of power.
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Paul Camacho is vice president of AML at Station Casinos and is a Former IRS-Criminal Investigations Special Agent
Prior to his retirement, Paul served as the Special Agent in Charge for the Las Vegas Field Office of Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation (IRS CI) directing investigations of all IRS CI special agents in Utah and Nevada.
Over the course of his career in IRS CI, he has overseen sophisticated financial crime investigations across the spectrum of financial crime. He is also on the board of directors of the Mob Museum in Las Vegas.
This webinar is eligible for 1 continuing education credits and/or CFCS credit. A recording of the presentation, slides, and certificate of participation will be available for ACFCS members only.