You need to at least schedule a consultation with a tax attorney immediately because anything you say without counsel present can be used to criminally indict you.
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As my colleague said, do NOT meet with the IRS before you've consulted with counsel. You absolutely have the right to be represented and the agent's suggestion that you forgo that right is reprehensible. Hire a lawyer and follow his or her advice, but do do BEFORE you say anything else to the IRS.
You need to talk with an attorney first.
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You definitely need to consult an attorney experienced in the defense of alleged structuring violations. Money laundering is a serious criminal offense. You are at a very serious disadvantage if you meet with the investigator without experienced counsel.
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It would be reckless to not meet with counsel before you go to this meeting. Counsel would be reckless in letting you go. Of course they don't want you to have an attorney because they hope you will blunder and give them enough to then send it to the DA for a conviction.
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