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Lenexa Man Pleads Guilty To Impersonating IRS Employee

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Kansas

KANSAS CITY, KAN. – A Lenexa man pleaded guilty Monday to harassing former girlfriends and business partners by sending them letters on Internal Revenue Service letterhead saying they were under investigation for tax evasion, Acting U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said.

Jeffrey Nickerson, 56, Lenexa, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of impersonating a federal employee. In his plea, Nickerson admitted he was an acquaintance of a woman who worked at the IRS Service Center in Kansas City, Mo. She brought IRS letterhead and IRS publications home. He used the information to send letters to former girlfriends and former business partners. The letters said the victims were under investigation as a result of reports being filed to the Internal Revenue Service Fraud Investigations Hotline.

Sentencing will be set for a later date. He faces a penalty of up to three years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. Beall commended the U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration and Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Oakley for their work on the case.

Updated August 1, 2016