Rejected IRS Criminal Investigations into 501(c)(3) religious organizations

R. M. Seibert filed this request with the Internal Revenue Service of the United States of America.

It is a clone of this request.



From: R. M. Seibert

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

A list of all criminal investigations into 501(c)(3) religious organizations where a recommendation for prosecution was rejected by the Department of Justice for the time period beginning January 1, 2005 and ending December 31, 2014.

Please note, I am not asking for the actual investigative documentation in these files. I am merely seeking a summary list for quantifying dropped investigations to a specific timeline, which I fully expect to be redacted for privacy concerns accordingly.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request falls within the statutory definition of public interest due to recent media coverage regarding church-related FOIA lawsuits filed by the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) and Judicial Watch. For more information, please see:

Additionally, the requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at, and is not being made for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.


Ms. R. M. Seibert

From: King Vivian A

To whom it may concern:

We received the attached follow-up request for a Freedom of Information Act Request. We are unable to locate an original request. Please resubmit your original request and we will process it. Also, please note your records with the above information so that additional follow-up requests are not sent.

Thank you,

Vivian King
Tax Law Specialist
Disclosure Office 10
Stop 7000STP, 30 E. 7th St.,St. Paul, MN 55101-4940
Phone (651) 312-7813
Fax (855) 205-9333

From: MuckRock

To Whom It May Concern:

Please find attached another copy of this request, initially submitted May 17, 2016.

Thank you very much for your help.

From: Internal Revenue Service

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: Edelman Aaron


Please find attached the final response to your FOIA request controlled under case number F16214-0004.

Aaron Edelman, Esq., CIPP/G
Tax Law Specialist
IRS Disclosure Office 2
600 Arch Street, Room 7214
Philadelphia, PA 19106
P: (267) 941-6315
F: (855) 203-7002