Temporary IRS Employee Sentenced for Theft of Federal Tax Remittances
Monday, December 30th, 2019 @ 3:21PM
CFEG reports that on April 5, 2019, in the Western District of North Carolina, an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) temporary employee was sentenced to one count of theft of Government property. She was previously indicted on eight counts of the offense in March, 2018, and pled guilty to one count in December 2018. https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/oi_highlights.shtml
According to court documents, from about March 2016 through about April 2017, this IRS employee was an employee of a temporary employment agency at the IRS Lockbox Facility located in Charlotte, North Carolina. https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/oi_highlights.shtml
The IRS, working with a Federally insured bank, operated a lockbox center in Charlotte. “Lockbox” is a process through which, among other things, Federal tax remittances, that is tax payments made payable to the IRS and/or the Treasury Department in the form of checks and money orders, were mailed by taxpayers to designated post office boxes for processing. Temporary employees hired through the temporary agencies and screened by the IRS work in the lockbox facility opening mail. https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/oi_highlights.shtml
While working at the IRS Charlotte Lockbox Facility, this temporary IRS employee stole approximately 34 checks and money orders made payable to the IRS and totaling approximately $57,000. She then altered the payee information on the checks and money orders to reflect her own name. For example, she changed “IRS” to “MRS” then inserted her last name. Afterwards, she deposited the altered checks and money orders into accounts in her name or cashed the checks or money orders. https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/oi_highlights.shtml
She was sentenced to 16 months’ imprisonment followed by two years of supervised release. She was further ordered to pay $29,302.16 in restitution to the IRS. https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/oi_highlights.shtml
When IRS employees steal money from the Government, the IRS fails in its mission to apply the tax law with integrity and fairness to all.