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article image24 IRS employees charged with fraud for claiming gov't benefits

By Leigh Goessl     Apr 21, 2013 in Crime
Several former and current IRS employees have been charged with fraud. It is alleged the 24 individuals fraudulently claimed unemployment and collected government benefits.
Two dozen individuals were recently indicted for crimes relating to fraudulently collecting over $250,000 in government benefits. The individuals, all former and current IRS employees, were primarily from Tennessee. One individual is from Mississippi.
The United States Attorney's Office said of the individuals indicted, 13 of them allegedly made false statements to obtain unemployment payments, food stamps, welfare and housing. These individuals will be tried in federal court. If convicted of the multiple charges given, the sentence could be up to five years in prison.
“According to the allegations in the indictment, while these IRS employees were supposed to be serving the public, they were instead brazenly stealing from law-abiding American taxpayers,” said U.S. Attorney Edward L. Stanton III, in a press release. “These charges demonstrate our unwavering resolve to work with our law enforcement partners and hold accountable anyone who fraudulently obtains government benefits and violates the public’s trust.”
The other 11 were charged with theft of property over $1,000, a class D felony. They will be tried in Shelby County, in the State of Tennessee.
“The taxes that we pay are supposed to support our nation and assist individuals in need, not free-loaders who are gaming the system,” said District Attorney General Amy Weirich. “Taxpayers can take comfort in knowing that we take these matters seriously and that we will prosecute these individuals to the fullest extent possible.”
Several federal, state and local agencies reportedly cooperated to lead to these indictments.
It is not clear if all the suspects were working together or separately, CNN Money reported.
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