An IRS analyst has pleaded guilty to leaking bank records on Michael Cohen to the press. The analyst, John Fry, an investigative analyst at the IRS’s San Francisco office, leaked SARs reports from banks to the press. A SAR report is a report from a bank that notes unusual activity of a suspicious nature (Suspicious Activity Report). The IRS will then investigate to see if anything is amiss. And like all IRS information, it is highly confidential. As far as I know, he is the first Deep Stater to be convicted of a felony as it relates to the coup plot against President Trump.
An IRS analyst pleaded guilty Wednesday to leaking former Trump attorney Michael Cohen’s confidential financial records in 2018 to Michael Avenatti, the embattled celebrity lawyer.
John Fry, an investigative analyst at the IRS’s San Francisco office, was indicted Feb. 28 on charges that he unlawfully accessed and disclosed Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) pertaining to Cohen and his businesses. He was also charged with misusing his government computer and illegally using a social security number.
He pleaded guilty to one count Wednesday, The Washington Post reported.
“John Fry was given access to sensitive and powerful government databases containing people’s private financial information,” said David L. Anderson, the U.S. attorney in San Francisco, according to WaPo.
“And he was given that access in order to do his job as an investigative analyst. Fry thought that his politics were more important than his obligation to follow the law, and in that he was mistaken.”
Prosecutors alleged that on May 4, 2018, Fry accessed the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) system and obtained five SARs related to Cohen. Banks provide SARs to the Treasury Department when they detect suspicious or potentially suspicious activity in a client’s account.