Two IRS em­ploy­ees in­dicted

Austin American-Statesman - - LOCALBRIEFING -

Two In­ter­nal Rev­enue Ser­vice em­ploy­ees from Austin have been in­dicted on charges that they claimed more than $12,000 in un­em­ploy­ment ben­e­fits.

Fed­eral of­fi­cials in Dal­las on Wed­nes­day ac­cused Spencer Allen and Mona Alexan­der of theft of un­em­ploy­ment in­surance ben­e­fits and mak­ing false state­ments to the Texas Work­force Com­mis­sion.

Au­thor­i­ties said Allen re­ceived $3,395 and Alexan­der ob­tained $9,172 in ben­e­fits. Both face fines and pos­si­ble jail time if con­victed.

IRS spokes­woman Lea Crus­berg said she couldn’t com­ment on pend­ing lit­i­ga­tion. Attorneys for the de­fen­dants didn’t im­me­di­ately re­turn mes­sages.

A com­mis­sion spokes­woman said the al­leged wrong­do­ing was dis­cov­ered when the IRS no­ti­fied state agen­cies af­ter find­ing sim­i­lar cases in Utah and Cal­i­for­nia.

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