IRS Employees Arrested for Fraudulent Tax Returns

Two long-time IRS employees were arrested yesterday at the IRS facility in Fresno as they came to work. On April 14, 2015, a 38-count indictment was brought against Della Ornelas, 48, and Randall Ruff, 52, both of Fresno, charging them with aiding others in the preparation of false tax returns, and making their own fraudulent tax returns as employee of the United States.  According to the indictment, Ornelas and Ruff are married to each other, and are longtime employees of the Internal Revenue Service in Fresno. They are charged with helping themselves, family and friends file false tax returns that claimed false dependents, generating large tax refunds that were diverted into bank accounts they controlled. They allegedly defrauded the United States of approximately $146,561 over a seven-year period.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration and the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark J. McKeon is prosecuting the case. (case # 1:16-cr-054)

SOURCE: U.S. Attorney’s Office Eastern District of California

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