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Lowell chiropractor pleads guilty to bribing IRS auditor

A Lowell chiropractor pleaded guilty Friday to charges connected with bribing an Internal Revenue Service auditor, according to the office of US Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz. Steven Jacobs, 56, pleaded guilty to bribery of a public official in federal court in Boston after allegedly paying an IRS auditor $5,000 in cash to sign off on an audit, ignoring that Jacobs had claimed two false deductions in his 2011 and 2012 income tax returns, Ortiz’s office said. The deductions were actually payments Jacobs had provided to two female patients who had accused him of touching them inappropriately during treatments, according to Ortiz’s office.

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