IRS agents stole unemployment benefits, charges allege

In what seems an unusual case, 10 former IRS employees face federal charges for collecting unemployment benefits while they worked for the agency.

The indictment unsealed Tuesday alleges that each received from $6,127 to $21,348 in fraudulent benefits for a total of $112,609, federal prosecutors said today.

Each of the 10, who are all from Kansas City and elsewhere in the metropolitan area, is charged with theft of government property and bank fraud.

The indictment, made public after the arrest and court appearance of several defendants, also would require them to pay back the money.


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