Buffalo Woman Sentenced for Theft of Government Funds
BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Candace Walker, 33, of Buffalo, N.Y., who was convicted of theft of government funds, was sentenced to two years probation before U.S. Magistrate Judge Hugh B. Scott.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Russell T. Ippolito, Jr., who handled the case, stated that Walker, a Contact Representative for the United States Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”), collected unemployment insurance benefits for which she was not entitled. Between January 10, 2010, and October 2, 2011, the defendant fraudulently certified for unemployment insurance benefits on numerous occasions. Walker failed to report income earned from the IRS and from the Wheelchair Home, Inc., dba, Schofield Residence, in order to receive unemployment insurance benefits. In total, Manning stole $9,530 in unemployment insurance benefits from the IRS and $1,925 from the Wheelchair Home, Inc., dba, Schofield Residence.The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation by the Department of the Treasury, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), Office of Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Robert E. O’Malley, the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General, Office of Labor Racketeering and Fraud Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Cheryl Garcia of the New York Regional Office, and the New York State Department of Labor, under the direction of Commissioner Peter Rivera.