In Memphis, Tennessee, federal prosecutors have indicted 24 current and former IRS employees with crimes arising from fraudulently obtaining more than $250,000 in government benefits.
Thirteen of these defendants have been charged with making false statements in order to receive unemployment benefits, food stamps, welfare and housing vouchers. The claims are based upon allegations that all of these former Service employees made false statements that they were unemployed while applying for these government benefits when, in fact, they were working for the Service. As stated by U.S. attorney, Edward L. Stanton, III, “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.”
Eleven other IRS employees “former and current” were charged with theft, a Class D felony in Tennessee.
I’ve been working with IRS employees for years and, in my experience, the vast majority is honest people doing their job. Keep in mind the IRS employs over 100,000 people and in any group that large, there are always going to be some bad apples. I didn’t post this blog to make the IRS or their employees look bad; however, I thought this was interesting. The IRS is composed of real people.