Man claims IRS agent coerced sex by threatening tax penalty
EUGENE, Ore. -- A Fall Creek resident filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Government and an IRS agent that he alleges pressured him into sex by threatening a tax penalty.
The law firm representing Vincent Burroughs filed the suit with the U.S. District Court in Eugene on Jan. 25 "as a result to coersive conduct by Defendant (Dora) Abrahamson," an Internal Revenue Service agent from Cottage Grove.
Burroughs claims that in August of 2011 Abrahamson called him and said he would be audited by the IRS. He claims that at the time he didn't know her.
Burroughs says that he had not met Abrahamson before those calls, nor had he heard that he was being audited by the IRS.
"She was sending me texts that she wanted to come out, give me massages because she needed to help me relax," Burroughs said in a phone interview with KVAL News.
Over the next two months, Burroughs alledges that Abrahamson sent him several flirtatious text messages - offering to give massages, asking to meet him, and sending racy photos of herself to his cell phone.
"She said she knew more than my mother knew about me," said Burroughs.
In the lawsuit, Burroughs says in September 2011 Abrahamson came to his home wearing provocative attire.
"Next thing I know, she's at my gate, honking...so I opened my gate, she came into my property dressed exactly like she texted me," Burroughs said.
The lawsuit states: "She said that she could impose no penalty, or a 40% penalty, and that if he would give her what she wanted, she would give him what she needed."
As a result, Burroughs had sex with Abrahamson in his home that night.
In the lawsuit, Burroughs says he was "sexually harassed and intimidated."
Officials with the IRS were not available for comment when KVAL News called them on Friday.
Burroughs is seeking restitution from the U.S. governemt for the IRS's part in employing Abrahamson and not properly enforcing their rules involving the privacy act.