May 27, 2009

Man accused of urinating in IRS elevator

A Detroit man who worked as a contractor for the Internal Revenue Service allegedly had been using an elevator as a urinal for two years, authorities said.

An affidavit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court said Michael Hicks, 55, had been urinating in the IRS building elevator for two years while acting as a contractor for the tax collection agency, The Detroit News reported Wednesday.

The affidavit said a security camera was installed in the elevator after someone complained that it smelled of urine and the office of the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration said Hicks was recorded urinating in the freight elevator on numerous occasions.

Hicks denied having any medical conditions that would cause him to commit such an offense, Delmaria Scott, a special agent for the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, wrote in the affidavit. He stated that he did it because he felt he could get away with it.

Hicks stands accused of malicious mischief resulting in damage of government property exceeding $1,000. If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in prison.