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.

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