IRS employee indicted for identity theft

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A grand jury in Georgia has indicted an Internal Revenue Service employee for stealing taxpayers’ identities and filing for tax refunds with their names.

Stephanie Parker of Atlanta worked at the IRS beginning in 2010, giving her access to taxpayers’ Social Security numbers, dates of birth and other personal information. Tuesday’s indictment alleges that between September 2012 and April 2013, she exploited her job at the IRS to steal the information, which she then used to file tax returns. She allegedly directed the refunds she obtained into various bank accounts and used some of the funds to buy money orders. Parker could not be reached for comment.

If convicted, she faces up to 20 years in prison for each count of wire fraud, up to two years in prison for each count of aggravated identity theft, along with monetary penalties.

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