Federal prosecutors in Memphis have charged 24 current and former Internal Revenue Service employees with crimes stemming from fraudulently obtaining more than $250,000 in government 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. All 13, individually charged in separate indictments, are alleged to have falsely stated that they were unemployed while applying for or recertifying those government benefits.

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