Coburn takes on the IRS

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Updated: 6/11/2013 5:04 pm Published: 6/11/2013 5:03 pm

Another potential black-eye for the IRS.

Senator Tom Coburn is accusing IRS bosses of a, quote "bold faced lie."

FOX23's Scott MacFarlane found the senator said he was railroaded when he started asking questions about expensive, luxurious conferences for IRS employees.

There was outrage when word got out this month that taxpayers spent $50 million on travel and dozens of pricey conferences for IRS executives.

Including one featuring a dance session and in one case, a campy star trek video.

It triggered formal congressional hearings and apologies from the agency for an over-the-top employee event in Anaheim in 2010.

“In hindsight many of the expenses incurred in 2010 should've been more closely scrutinized," said Faris Fink, an IRS executive.

But Coburn said he sent a letter to the treasury department last year asking for, quote: ‘a full listing of agency conferences in 2010, 2011, and 2012.’

But the treasury sent info about just five, which totaled $500.000. They sent no information involving the IRS or the Anaheim conference.

“Basically they lied to a member of Congress about very specific questions we asked and they don't want to be held accountable,” said Coburn.

FOX23 called and emailed the US Treasury Department to find out why it gave such limited information.

They would not answer only said they'd sent a letter to Senator Coburn explaining itself.

His response?

“What it is.. is incompetence.. malfeasance." He said.

The Treasury Department gave FOX23 a copy of a letter it sent to Senator Coburn. In the letter, the agency apologizes for any confusion and that it, quote: ‘recognizes that it may not have been clear.’

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