IRS Employee Accused of Identity Theft

July 12, 2012 — 2 Comments

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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2 responses to IRS Employee Accused of Identity Theft

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    Evan Goodmanson April 1, 2013 at 8:18 am

    There are plenty of unscruplous people around who will try to adopt your identity in order to get what they want (normally money). And while it doesn’t help if you do what I do – publish not only your email address and phone number on your website, but also a map on how to get to your house on foot – trying to conceal your identity from everyone is not the answer either.:

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