Former IRS Agent Accused of Using Badge for Prostitution Recruitment

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RENO, NV - A Reno man is suspected of using his IRS agent status to recruit young women into illegal prostitution.

According to the Reno Police Department former Internal Revenue Service agent 58-year-old Kemp Shiffer is accused of coercing young women into the prostitution ring after police target an online escort service.

During the investigation, detectives learned that Shiffer had driven to Eureka, California where he picked up an 18-year-year old female. He then brought her back to Reno where it is alleged that he coerced her into prostitution for the purpose of obtaining money from her.

As the investigation into Shiffer's dealings continued, RPD says that Shiffer retired from the United States Internal Revenue Service years ago but believe he may have been using his IRS badge to further his recruitment efforts into prostitution. His recruiting may go back as far as 10 years.

Aside from his stint as an IRS agent, Shiffer was also an accounting instructor at the University of Nevada, Reno. According to Lahontan Valley news Shiffer along with David Houston and John Kirsch applied for a brothel license in 2006 but were denied.

Detective are trying to identify victims from Shiffer's pandering schemes but they need your help. Anyone with information in regards to this investigation are asked to call the Regional Street Enforcement Team at (775) 334-3061 or remain anonymous by calling Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900.

The Regional Street Enforcement Team is comprised of Detectives from the Reno Police Department, Sparks Police Department, and the University of Nevada-Reno Police Services.