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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of California

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Former IRS-CI Special Agent Sentenced To Over Four Years In Prison For Filing False Tax Returns, Theft Of Government Money, And Obstruction Of Justice

SAN FRANCISCO— Alena Aleykina, a former special agent for the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, was sentenced to serve 51 months in prison for filing false tax returns, obstruction of justice, and stealing government money, announced U.S. Attorney Alex G. Tse and Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division.  The sentence was handed down by the Honorable John A. Mendez, U.S. District Judge, following a two-week jury trial after which the defendant was found guilty of the charges.

On June 15, 2018, a federal jury in the Eastern District of California convicted Aleykina, 45, of Sacramento, Calif., for filing false tax returns, destroying records in a federal investigation, and theft of government money.  According to the evidence introduced at trial, Aleykina, who is also a Certified Public Accountant and holds a master’s degree in business administration, filed six false tax returns: three personal tax returns for years 2009, 2010, and 2011 and three in the names of trusts she created for years 2010 and 2011.  On her personal tax returns, Aleykina fraudulently claimed the head of household filing status, listed false dependents, and claimed deductions for education expenses to which she was not entitled.  Aleykina also obtained a fraudulent legal separation decree from the California Superior Court for Yolo County so that she and her husband could claim rental real estate loss deductions to which they were not entitled.  Further, on a trust tax return, she falsely claimed to be paying wages to her mother and her sister to care for her son and father. 
 
Additionally, Aleykina stole government funds and obstructed justice during the investigation.  She stole from the IRS’s Tuition Assistance Program, a program created to allow IRS employees to take job-related classes from local colleges and educational institutions. Aleykina falsely claimed to be taking English classes from a trust registered to her sister. As a result of these fake classes, Aleykina recieved $4,000 in tuition reimbursement from the Tuition Assistance Program.  When criminal investigators approached Aleykina to retrieve her government laptop, Aleykina lied to the agents about the location of the laptop and deleted dozens of files from the computer after the agents left.  

In sentencing Aleykina, Judge Mendez stated his concern that defendant was a federal law enforcement officer and emphasized the importance of that fact when considering the defendant’s betrayal of the public’s trust.  Judge Mendez stated that such fraud and misconduct from a federal agent cannot be tolerated and that the defendant’s behavior shocked the conscience.  In addition to the term of prison imposed, Judge Mendez ordered Aleykina to serve three years of supervised release and to pay $4,000 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service.  

Assistant U.S. Attorney William Frentzen and Tax Division Trial Attorneys Arthur J. Ewenczyk and Charles O’Reilly are prosecuting the case. The case was investigated by special agents of the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration and IRS-Criminal InvestigationThe United States Attorney’s Office in San Francisco, California, is prosecuting this case with the Tax Division; the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California is recused from this matter.
 

Topic(s): 
Financial Fraud
Tax
Updated October 25, 2018