IRS employee caught stealing from taxpayers

An Internal Revenue Service (IRS) employee was indicted Tuesday for stealing taxpayers’ personal information, filing fraudulent returns, and receiving associated refunds.

While performing her job at the IRS, Stephanie Parker of Atlanta, Georgia, had access to taxpayers’ personal information, including social security numbers and dates of birth.

Between September 2012 and April 2013, Parker exploited her position to steal taxpayers’ personal information with which she filed tax returns seeking refunds in the names of individuals whose information she stole.

According to the indictment, Parker allegedly had the fraudulently obtained refunds deposited into nominee bank accounts then used the funds to buy money orders.

Each count of wire fraud could cost Parker a maximum of 20 years in prison if convicted. A guilty verdict for the aggravated identity theft charges carries a statutory minimum sentence of two years in prison. Parker also faces supervised release following any imprisonment, restitution and monetary penalties.

H/T: Justice.gov

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