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IRS Manager and His Wife Charged in D.C. Tax Scam

Robert and Patricia Steven leave the federal courthouse in Greenbelt after their arraignment.
Robert and Patricia Steven leave the federal courthouse in Greenbelt after their arraignment. (By Mark Gail -- The Washington Post)

During her court appearance yesterday, Patricia Steven wore an orange sweater with oversize buttons and jeans appearing to have the Louis Vuitton logo. Her husband wore an orange sweat shirt and jeans. Because of some uncertainty about which attorneys will represent them, they were eventually released by Magistrate Judge Charles Day and told to stay out of trouble until they appear at a bail hearing Jan. 8.

To which Patricia Steven replied: "I've never been in any before, and I'm 72 years old."

She repeatedly spoke up during her hearing, to the judge's surprise. Later, at one point, he signaled for a "timeout." The judge asked both Stevens whether they had finished their Christmas shopping because they were now barred from making large purchases without notifying the court. Steven told him she was "very frugal."

When Patricia Steven began discussing all the items that FBI and IRS agents had seized from her home, asking how agents distinguish between what is legally hers and what are the proceeds of a crime, the judge interrupted her.

He urged her to be quiet and take up that question with her attorney before her next hearing.

Database editor Dan Keating and staff researcher Meg Smith contributed to this report.


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