Former IRS Employee Sentenced in Identity Theft and Tax Fraud Scheme

Michael Cohn reports:

A former Internal Revenue Service employee has been sentenced to four years and nine months in prison in connection a tax fraud and identity theft scheme.

Missy A. Sledge, 47, was employed for 12 years by the IRS. According to prosecutors, she worked with other criminals who would file fraudulent tax returns using the stolen identities of real taxpayers. They would then provide the Social Security numbers associated with the fraudulent returns to Sledge. If the returns were routed to her for review as part of her job, she allegedly would make sure that the fraudulent return payment was released by the IRS.

The scheme also involved some tax returns that were not fraudulent.

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