Generally, those who protect and enforce the law are the ones who must set examples on how to act with integrity. This may not always be the case. Unfortunately, some of the people who enforce regulations are the ones who also break them. The IRS is now facing a problem because an employee used confidential information to commit identity theft.
48-year-old Domeen Flowers was hired by the IRS five years ago in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. While she worked, she would take the identities of taxpayers and apply for credit cards in Pennsylvania and central Florida. According to records, Flowers allegedly used official IRS letterhead to demand more information from a taxpayer and threatened him/her to cooperate or face an audit. She even allegedly took information from her landlord and made illegal transactions.
Flowers had a desk job with the IRS, which allowed her to get computer access to a myriad of taxpayers and their personal information. She is still under investigation by the IRS so the specific amount taxpayers affected are yet to be known. However, if convicted, Flowers faces up to 46 years in prison and over $1.2 million in fines.
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