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Ex-IRS agent pleads guilty to prostitution charge

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A retired IRS agent who once investigated fugitive Nevada brothel boss Joe Conforte has pleaded guilty to transporting a California woman across state lines to commit prostitution.

The U.S. attorney’s office says 58-year-old Kemp Shiffer entered his plea Wednesday in federal court in Reno. He faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when sentenced Feb. 14.

Authorities say he also agreed to forfeit a 2006 Mercedes Benz, an IPhone, computer and cameras.

Shiffer was first arrested in August by a regional law enforcement team in Reno investigating online escort advertisements. He was indicted by a federal grand jury the following month.

In 2006, Shiffer was a financial backer for a proposed brothel in Churchill County. County commissioners denied permits for the project.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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