Some IRS agents have been very busy at work lately, but not in the typical fashion of collecting money from taxpayers.
Recently, IRS employee Demetria Brown of the St. Louis, Missouri IRS office, pled guilty to charges of tax fraud. From 2001 to 2008, Brown obtained the identities of approximately 100,000 taxpayers, including their names, social security numbers and birthdates to file false tax returns for refunds. Brown opened nominee bank accounts with 6 different banks in 5 states and had the IRS direct deposit the return funds into these accounts totaling $326,260. Brown could face a maximum of 42 years in prison, along with fines and restitution to the IRS of $750,000.
But she’s not the only employee of the IRS found guilty of stealing identities. Thirteen current and former IRS employees were arrested in the Western District of Tennessee for concealing information and making false statements.