Depending on your political alignment, there’s a thin line between a crook and an IRS agent.
Federal prosecutors reported on Wednesday that 24 current and former Internal Revenue Service employees have been charged with stealing government benefits. The former employees have been charged for crimes related to the fraudulent acquisition of more than $250,000 in benefits.
“Thirteen of the current and former IRS employees have been charged federally with making false statements to obtain unemployment insurance payments, food stamps, welfare, and housing vouchers,” reported the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Tennessee. “All thirteen, individually charged in separate indictments, are alleged to have falsely stated that they were unemployed while applying for or recertifying those government benefits.”
In addition to this, 11 other former and current employees were charged with the theft of over $1,000 in property, which is a class D felony…
The taxes that we pay are supposed to support our nation and assist individuals in need, not freeloaders who are gaming the system, said District Attorney General Amy Weirich. Taxpayers can take comfort in knowing that we take these matters seriously and that we will prosecute these individuals to the fullest extent possible.
It’s important to point out, as the Tennessee Attorney’s Office points out at the end of its statement, that the these are merely accusations, and that the defendants are still currently considered innocent.
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, said U.S. Attorney Edward L. Stanton III, in a statement. These charges demonstrate our unwavering resolve to work with our law enforcement partners and hold accountable anyone who fraudulently obtains government benefits and violates the publics trust.
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