Former IRS-CI Special Agent Found Guilty in a Scheme Designed to Defraud and Obstruct the IRS
Monday, February 11th, 2019 @ 2:35PM
CFEG reports that on June 15, 2018, in a federal district court in the Eastern District of California, a jury found a former Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Special Agent guilty of filing false tax returns, theft of Government funds, and obstruction of justice. She was charged with the offenses in October 2016. https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/oi_highlights.shtml
According to the court documents, the IRS employee, a resident of Sacramento, California, was employed as an IRS-Criminal Investigation (CI) special agent from approximately 2006 to 2014. She also was a Certified Public Accountant in the State of California and held a master’s degree in business administration. https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/oi_highlights.shtml
Between 2010 and 2012, she prepared six false tax returns. Three of the returns were her own individual income tax returns, and three were tax returns for trusts that she established. All were signed under the penalties of perjury and all contained false statements. https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/oi_highlights.shtml
On the IRS employee’s individual tax returns, she falsely claimed head of household filing status. She claimed three dependents, tuition and fees deductions, and losses of up to $25,000 for trusts that she had established. She knew all of these claims were false and was aware she was not entitled to make these claims. She also stole public money and converted it to her own use by causing the IRS to issue IRS Tuition Assistance Reimbursement payments to her, knowing that she was not eligible for such money. In addition, the three trust tax returns prepared by her contained false statements, including, but not limited to, the amounts of rents received, deductions of negative income distributions, and claims of negative net income, which were declared as losses on two of her corresponding individual tax returns. The total loss to the Government is more than $60,000.
Additionally, the IRS employee knowingly destroyed, altered, concealed, or falsified at least one record that was stored on a Government-issued computer and Government servers with the intent to obstruct the investigation. Specifically, when criminal investigators approached the IRS employee to retrieve her Government laptop, she lied to them about its location and then began deleting files from it after the agents left.
The IRS employee’s sentencing was scheduled for September 25, 2018. She could face a maximum penalty of 20 years’ imprisonment for the destruction of records in a Federal investigation.