Ex-IRS agent gets prison for prostitution charge

Joyce Lupiani

Ex-IRS agent gets prison for prostitution charge

CREATED Mar. 6, 2012

RENO, Nev. (AP) -- A retired IRS agent who once investigated brothels in Nevada has been sentenced to two years in prison on a prostitution-related charge.

U.S. District Judge Howard McKibben also ordered 59-year-old Kemp Shiffer on Monday to 10 years of supervised release and 250 hours of community service.

Shiffer pleaded guilty in November to transporting a California woman across state lines to commit prostitution.

Shiffer once led the IRS investigation that shut down the Mustang Ranch and caused brothel owner Joe Conforte to flee to Brazil in the 1990s. He later formed a partnership with his lawyer David Houston to open a brothel west of Fallon, but Churchill County rejected the permit in 2006.

Prostitution is legal in most Nevada counties, but transporting someone across state lines for the purpose is illegal.