Kansas City (March 13, 2003) -- A former Internal Revenue Service file clerk was sentenced in federal court this week for stealing a money order intended for the IRS as a tax payment.James G. Ingram, 39, of Kansas City, was sentenced to one year of probation, including two months of home detention.

In court, Ingram admitted that he stole a $950 money order a taxpayer had sent to the IRS for payment of taxes. The theft occurred while Ingram was working as a file clerk at the IRS Service Center in June of 2001. Ingram filled in his own name on the payee line of the money order, endorsed, and cashed it.

When the IRS eventually notified the taxpayer that his payment had never been received, the taxpayer ordered a copy of the money order and sent a letter to Ingram demanding his money back. Prosecutors said Ingram eventually sent the taxpayer a check, at which point the taxpayer then turned Ingram into IRS officials.

-- Electronic Accountant Newswire staff

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