The IRS Pulls a Gun—Al Capone’s
|Mug shot of Al Capone taken by the Miami Police Department. |
PHOTO: BETTMANN ARCHIVE
On Tuesday the IRS will participate in an unveiling ceremony of a .38-caliber Smith & Wesson “Hand Ejector Military& Police Model” revolver with a pearl handle that gangster Al Capone once carried. The agency hopes that reminding people of the glory days of the IRS will distract attention from their current internal problems. Capone was, after all, undone not by the FBI or Elliot Ness but by an undercover operation of the “T-men,” members of the Treasury Department’s IRS investigative division who got him for cheating on his taxes.
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