According to a press release from the New York State Department of Labor (DOL), two former and two current IRS agents from the Holtsville Revenue Service were arrested for fraudulently collecting unemployment benefits. The benefits were stolen while the individuals were employed by the Internal Revenue Service from 2010 to 2012. The four IRS former employees were each charged with one count of grand larceny, which is a class D felony.
The Department of Labor conducted an investigation in conjunction with the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office that uncovered the theft of over $37,000. The Office of Special Investigations of the DOL worked with both the U.S. Treasury and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General to analyze any incongruities that occurred within the payroll records of employees in an effort to uncover fraud. If evidence of fraudulent behavior is found, the Office of Special Investigations turns its focus to local entities, enlisting the efforts of district attorneys to ensure that prosecution for the crimes occurs.
The Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas J. Spota said, in essence, that this should serve as a warning to any individual who seeks to defraud taxpayers by stealing money from those who are unemployed, as the DOL and other federal investigators have their eyes on such activity.
While most IRS agents are honest, there are a few who use their position, unfortunately, to take advantage of the taxpayers and the tax system.
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