IRS Employee Pleads Guilty To Wire Fraud and Theft of Government Property

Monday, December 30th, 2019 @ 3:18PM

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CFEG reports that on October 7, 2019, in a federal district court in the Middle District of Tennessee, an IRS employee pled guilty to wire fraud and theft of Government property. She had previously been charged with the offenses on March 6, 2019, in a scheme to fraudulently obtain paid military leave and other benefits from the IRS.

According to the indictment, the IRS employee had been employed with the IRS in Franklin, Tennessee, since October 2007. From about November 2013 through about October 2018, the employee knowingly devised a scheme to defraud and to obtain money by means of false pretenses, willfully stole property belonging to the United States, and used one or more means of identification of another without authorization.

Specifically, between 2013 and 2018, the IRS employee regularly submitted false Department of the Army Forms 1380 (DA Form 1380) to the IRS payroll unit seeking payment for military duties. The IRS employee, however, was discharged from the U.S. Army Reserve in August 2012 and enlisted in the Tennessee National Guard in July 2018. Consequently, she had no military duties for the dates listed on the forms. In furtherance of the her scheme, the IRS employee forged the name, title, and Department of Defense identification number of her former station commander on the DA Forms 1380. Yet, her former station commander was a military retiree who ceased supervising her military duties around July 2013. This IRS employee was not authorized to use his or her personal identifiers.

In the plea agreement, this IRS employee acknowledged that she used the IRS computer network to create, submit, and store the false DA Forms 1380, that she misused her employer’s authorized access on the IRS computer systems by using Government property for fraudulent activities, and that her participation in the scheme was undertaken knowingly, intentionally, and unlawfully. This IRS employee submitted at least 70 forged and false DA Forms 1380, causing the IRS to award paid military leave and other benefits totaling approximately $22,846.

Sentencing in this case is scheduled for February 14, 2020.

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