Prior to joining FFS, Kyli Gardiner served as a Special Agent and Supervisory Special Agent with the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation for 15 years, where she investigated potential violations of the Internal Revenue Code and related financial crimes, including money laundering and violations of the Bank Secrecy Act.
Most recently, Kyli was the Supervisory Academy Instructor at the National Criminal Investigation Training Academy. She was tasked with developing course material to meet the Strategic Plan and the related Annual Business Plan. As the supervisor for course development at the training center, Kyli created and delivered course material, lesson plans, and practical exercises to basic, advanced, and international law enforcement officials, ensuring the material was up to date with current policies, program requirements, and emerging trends. She developed course material which she later delivered to the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC) and the Canada Department of Revenue. Kyli was a lead instructor at the International Law Enforcement Academy in Budapest, Hungary delivering money laundering and financial investigation courses to attorneys, judges, and law enforcement officials from several different countries.
Kyli led the team that developed the new hiring process for IRS- Criminal Investigation and received the Chief’s Award for leading this effort. She was a member of the Chief’s Advisory Council.
As the Supervisory Special Agent in Austin, Texas, Kyli assigned criminal casework to Special Agents, with consideration given to the difficulty, venue, and requirements of the assignment. She reviewed Special Agent Reports, search and seizure warrant affidavits, operational plans for search and arrest warrants, contingency plans, direct referral prosecution memos, and criminal complaints. She also led a task force consisting of federal and state law enforcement officers from Waco, Irving, Austin and Dallas, Texas, brought together to investigate and prosecute drug trafficking organizations.
As a Special Agent, she successfully conducted administrative and international grand jury investigations with varying levels of complexity, utilizing both direct and indirect methods of proof. She coordinated and led multi-agency efforts to investigate violations of the Internal Revenue Code and other financial crimes. She prepared prosecution reports for the United States Attorney’s Office, and the Department of Justice-Tax Division. Kyli has testified in multiple grand jury proceedings and as a government witness at trial.
Kyli was awarded the Guardian of Justice award by the United States Attorney’s Office, for her work in a criminal investigation and has received numerous performance awards from IRS-Criminal Investigation.
Kyli grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, and looks forward to working in her hometown again and volunteering with the Special Olympics of Kansas.