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Eastern District of California

Monday, August 15, 2016

Former IRS Employee Sentenced to over a Year in Prison for Filing Multiple Fraudulent Tax Returns

FRESNO, Calif. — U.S. District Judge Dale A. Drozd sentenced Kimberly English, 53, of Fresno, today to 15 months in prison and ordered her to pay $33,780 in restitution to the IRS for filing a fraudulent tax return by an employee of the United States and making an opportunity for a person to defraud the United States, Acting United States Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

According to court documents and evidence at trial, English was an employee of the IRS in Fresno when she prepared and filed her own fraudulent tax returns for tax years 2011 and 2012. She also prepared and filed tax returns for others, including her daughter and her daughter’s boyfriend for the same tax years. The returns identified in court included fraudulent claims for false deductions and credits, such as the number of dependents and eligibility for the child tax credit. The false returns allowed English and other taxpayers to obtain undue tax refunds or improperly reduce their tax liabilities.

“When IRS employees file fraudulent tax returns, the public’s confidence in the IRS is eroded. This unethical and criminal behavior by an IRS employee with knowledge of the system will never be tolerated and will be investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” stated Special Agent in Charge Rod Ammari of the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.

Judge Drozd ordered English to begin serving her sentence on September 21, 2016.

This case was the product of an investigation by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration and the Tax Division of the Department of Justice. Assistant United States Attorneys Patrick R. Delahunty and Angela L. Scott prosecuted the case.

Press Release Number: 
1:14-cr-217 DAD
Updated August 15, 2016