Former IRS Employee Found Guilty for False Statements and Theft of Government Funds
Friday, March 1st, 2019 @ 11:14PM
CFEG reports that on August 17, 2017, in a federal district court in the Eastern District of Kentucky, a former IRS employee was found guilty of making false statements and the theft of Government funds after a four-day jury trial. He was indicted for the offenses in February 2017. https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/oi_highlights_2017.shtml
According to the Department of Justice press release, the IRS employee had been employed as a revenue officer at the Prestonsburg, Kentucky, IRS office. The indictment charged that he knowingly and willfully made and used a false writing and document to the IRS, knowing that it contained materially false and fraudulent statements. Specifically, the IRS employee falsely reported that he performed work that he did not actually perform, and in doing so, he claimed work-related expenses that were not actually incurred. https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/oi_highlights_2017.shtml
The IRS employee received and retained stolen property of the United States, to wit, salary and expense reimbursement to which he was not entitled. The gross proceeds obtained as a result of the fraudulent activities was $24,933.11. https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/oi_highlights_2017.shtml
The IRS faced a maximum statutory sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment. His sentencing was scheduled for December 18, 2017. https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/oi_highlights_2017.shtml
When IRS employees engage make false statements and steal Government funds the IRS fails in its mission to apply the tax law with integrity and fairness to all.