IRS Employee Got Unemployment For 5 Years Before Anyone Noticed

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A former Internal Revenue Service (IRS) employee collected unemployment benefits for five years before anyone caught her, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Yvonne E. Borders recently pleaded guilty to stealing government funds after collecting $18,550 in unemployment benefits from January 2009 through December 2013, while working for the U.S. Department of Treasury in New York.

Borders, a 43-year-old Buffalo-area resident, “certified claims for benefits while she was employed as a contact representative with the IRS and failed to report this work to the New York State Department of Labor,” according to the DOJ.

The department did not say why the federal and state governments took so long to notice the fraud. The Treasury Department, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, U.S. Department of Labor Office of Inspector General, and New York State Department of Labor investigated Borders. (RELATED: IRS ‘Simply Refuses To Admit’ It Should Not Have Rehired Problem Ex-Employees)

She faces up to one year in prison and a $100,000 penalty at her July 27 sentencing.

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