Former IRS Employee Charged With Stealing Taxpayer's Identity
PHILADELPHIA - Domeen Flowers, 48, of Maitland, Florida, was arrested Thursday, in Florida, as a result of an indictment returned by a federal grand jury sitting in Philadelphia. The indictment charges Flowers, a former employee of the Internal Revenue Service in Philadelphia, with participating in an alleged identity theft scheme involving personal information of a taxpayer, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger. According to the indictment, Flowers used her position with the IRS to make unauthorized computer entries into the IRS’ Integrated Data Retrieval System. After accessing the system, Flowers obtained personal identifying information pertaining to a taxpayer, identified in the indictment as “E.R.”. It is further alleged that Flowers used the information to apply for credits from different credit card companies in E.R.’s name. An initial appearance was held in U.S. District Court in Orlando, Florida and Flowers was released on bail pending an appearance in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia.
If convicted of all charges, Flowers faces a mandatory minimum term of two years in prison with a maximum possible sentence 46 years, a maximum fine of $1,254,000, a special assessment of $900, and two years of supervised release.
The case was investigated by Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration Philadelphia Field Office and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Floyd J. Miller.
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