BOSTON -- A Lowell chiropractor is being charged with bribing an Internal Revenue Service auditor to cover up payments to two women, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Wednesday.

Stephen Jacobs, 55, of Lowell, was arrested for bribery of a public official, the office said in a statement.

A complaint alleges that Jacobs paid an IRS auditor $5,000 cash to ignore two deductions he improperly took on this 2011 U.S.income tax form.

The government alleges that those deductions were payments Jacobs made to two women, payoffs because he touched them inappropriately during medical treatments during 2011 and 2012.

Jacobs operates Jacobs Chiropractic on Pine Street.

A probable-cause hearing is scheduled for March 5


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