Former IRS Employees Plead Guilty to Receiving Unemployment Benefits While Employed

Six former Internal Revenue Service employees have pleaded guilty to receiving unemployment benefits while they worked at the agency.

Michelle Glavin, 32, and Christopher Castillo, 34, both of Kansas City, Mo., pleaded guilty Wednesday in separate appearances before U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple to the charge contained in a Dec. 10, 2013 federal indictment. Their co-defendants, Jesse Love, 61, and Tiffani Harding, 27, both of Kansas City, Mo., Shalonda Bradley, 41, of Grandview, Mo., and Berneta Weedin, 59, of Platte Woods, Mo., pleaded guilty on Tuesday.

By pleading guilty, each of the defendants admitted they claimed unemployment benefits while employed by the IRS. The defendants are no longer employed at the agency.

Each defendant also pleaded guilty to stealing government property by fraudulently claiming unemployment benefits to which they were not entitled. Under the terms of their plea agreements, the defendants must pay restitution for the amount of benefits illegally received.

Glavin received $5,144 in Missouri unemployment benefits, plus $16,204 in federal benefits while employed at the IRS, for a total of $21,348. Castillo obtained $6,365 in Missouri benefits and $4,727.80 in federal benefits, totaling $11,093. Love got $8,214 in Missouri benefits and$1,404 in federal benefits, for a total of $9,618. Harding received $2,664 in Missouri benefits, plus $8,650 in federal benefits, for a total of $11,315. Bradley obtained $6,279 in Missouri benefits, plus $250 in federal benefits, totaling $6,529. Weedin got $3,014 in Missouri benefits, plus $3,113 in federal benefits, for a total of $6,127.

The IRS often hires seasonal employees to help out during busy season who can legally claim unemployment benefits during the parts of the year when they are not working or being paid

24 IRS Employees Indicted for Fraudulently Obtaining Government Benefits

 

Federal prosecutors in Memphis have charged 24 current and former Internal Revenue Service employees with crimes stemming from fraudulently obtaining more than $250,000 in government benefits.

Thirteen of the current and former IRS employees have been charged federally with making false statements to obtain unemployment insurance payments, food stamps, welfare and housing vouchers. All 13, individually charged in separate indictments, are alleged to have falsely stated that they were unemployed while applying for or recertifying those government benefits.

“According to the allegations in the indictment, while these IRS employees were supposed to be serving the public, they were instead brazenly stealing from law-abiding American taxpayers,” said U.S. Attorney Edward L. Stanton III in a statement. “These charges demonstrate our unwavering resolve to work with our law enforcement partners and hold accountable anyone who fraudulently obtains government benefits and violates the public’s trust.”

Eleven other former and current IRS employees were charged by the District Attorney General’s Office with theft of property over $1,000, a class D felony.

“The taxes that we pay are supposed to support our nation and assist individuals in need, not free-loaders who are gaming the system,” said District Attorney General Amy Weirich in a statement. “Taxpayers can take comfort in knowing that we take these matters seriously and that we will prosecute these individuals to the fullest extent possible.”

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