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5 employees of the Internal Revenue Service have been accused of stealing COVID relief funds

In accordance with the Department of Justice, 5 current or former IRS workers in Tennessee & Mississippi illegally collected tens of thousands in COVID relief monies in order to support luxurious lives. These employees were located in Tennessee and Mississippi.

The five people under investigation are suspected of submitting fraudulent loan applications to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Monetary Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Programs in an attempt to get more than one million dollars in financing.

According to the records filed in the case, they utilized the money from the loan to fuel their lavish lives by engaging in activities such as the purchase of new automobiles, and luxury items, for personal travel, including visits to Las Vegas.

According to Deputy Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite, Jr. of the Criminal Division of the Justice Department, “the IRS workers accused in these instances are claimed to have abused the confidence put in them by the public.” The mission of the Department Of Justice is to “safeguard that public confidence and defend pandemic relief initiatives for the American people,” according to their official website.

“This matter illustrates the brazenness by which evil people have exploited federal programs meant to help all who suffered the most from the COVID-19 pandemic,” ” says Director for COVID-19 Fraud Regulation Kevin Chambers. “This matter demonstrates the boldness with which bad actors took full advantage of federal programs designed to assist those who suffered the most from the COVID-19 pandemic.” “The Justice Department shall continue to put forth a lot of effort to ferret out fraud perpetrated in the PPP and EIDL Programs, including fraud done by government officials”.

According to the DOJ, the maximum punishment for each act of wire fraud is twenty years in jail, and the maximum sentence for every count of laundering money is ten years in jail.

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