Two more IRS officials suspended

AFP-JIJI

Two more Internal Revenue Service officials have been suspended, the scandal-plagued U.S. tax agency said Wednesday, including one said to be involved in implementing President Barack Obama’s health care program.

Acting IRS chief Danny Werfel said he placed the staffers on administrative leave for receiving free food and gifts at a private party in Anaheim, California, where IRS managers were attending a 2010 conference that has come under investigation for excessive spending.

A congressional aide confirmed a Buzzfeed report that one of those suspended was Fred Schindler, a deputy to Sarah Hall Ingram, who oversees implementation of the Affordable Care Act for the Internal Revenue Service. The report said Schindler and a second unnamed staffer were put on leave for accepting $1,162 in free food and other gifts provided by an event planner.