LAWFUEL – The Law Newswire – Michael E. Yasofsky, Jr. is the new Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Criminal Investigation Division (CI), Miami Field Office . CI is the law enforcement arm of the IRS. Mr. Yasofsky is responsible for planning, directing, and evaluating activities of CI employees in the Southern Judicial District of Florida (Indian River County to Monroe County), Puerto Rico and the USVI. Yasofsky supervises over 110 special agents whose top priority is the investigation of violations of the tax law. IRS special agents also lend their financial investigative expertise to money laundering, bank secrecy act, narcotics and terrorism investigations conducted in conjunction with other law enforcement agencies at the local, state and federal levels. Yasofsky reports directly to the Director, Field Operations, Southeast Area in Atlanta, Georgia. The Headquarters for the Miami Field Office, where Yasofsky will be reporting, is located in Plantation, Florida.
Yasofsky began his law enforcement career with the IRS in 1983 as a special agent in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He started his management career in Washington, DC as a Group Manager. He held Washington Headquarters positions, including Congressional Liaison and Senior Analyst, working on legislative issues and tax policy matters. He completed a two-year assignment as an International Enforcement Specialist at the U.S. Treasury, Office of Financial Enforcement (now FINCEN), involving Bank Secrecy Act and money laundering regulation, training and enforcement. Yasofsky also represented the Treasury Department as an expert in bilateral and multilateral anti-money laundering negotiations, initiatives and organizations. In 1994, Yasofsky was assigned as the IRS, CI Law Enforcement Attaché for South America stationed in Bogotá, Colombia. He served for approximately four years where he worked to promote investigations, training, regulations and legislation throughout South America. Yasofsky returned to the U.S. in 1998 as a Supervisory Special Agent for the Miami High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) and was later assigned to the West Palm Beach Office. In January 2002, he joined the St. Louis Field Office as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge and was later selected as the Special Agent in Charge of that office. In October 2005, he became the Special Agent in Charge of the Tampa Field Office until his selection as Special Agent in Charge of the Miami Field Office.
Yasofsky is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar and received his law degree from Duquesne University. He also holds undergraduate degrees in Criminology, Sociology and Accounting. He is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Yasofsky replaces Brian J. Wimpling who retired on December 31, 2006.