Park Official Violated Procurement Regulations to Buy Art

June 7, 2019, 5:53 PM

An unidentified National Park Service official participated in buying a $39,000 painting for a national park in a scheme that helped the artist avoid a federal tax garnishment, an Interior Department inspector general report released June 7 found.

The official, who worked at a national military park in South Carolina, structured the acquisition of the 4-by-8-foot painting so that an also-unidentified national parks advocacy group acted as a broker for the 2015 transaction, the IG said. Structuring the transaction this way helped the artist avoid the garnishment for back taxes that would have occurred had he sold the painting directly...

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