For­mer Fresno IRS em­ploy­ees sen­tenced to prison for tax fraud

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Della Or­nelas and Ran­dall Ruff, both of Fresno, were sen­tenced Mon­day by United States District Judge Dale A. Drozd to six months in prison for aid­ing oth­ers in the prepa­ra­tion of false tax re­turns, and mak­ing their own fraud­u­lent tax re­turns as an em­ployee of the United States, U.S. At­tor­ney Phillip A. Tal­bert an­nounced. They both were also or­dered to serve six months in home con­fine­ment and to pay full resti­tu­tion to the In­ter­nal Rev­enue Ser­vice.

Ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments, Della Or­nelas, 49, and Ran­dall Ruff, 53, both of Fresno, are a mar­ried cou­ple and were long­time em­ploy­ees of the In­ter­nal Rev­enue Ser­vice in Fresno. Be­tween 2005 and 2013, they filed false tax re­turns for fam­ily and friends that added de­pen­dents, gen­er­at­ing large tax re­funds that were di­verted into bank ac­counts they con­trolled some­times with­out the knowl­edge of the tax­payer. They also filed false tax re­turns for them­selves, fraud­u­lently adding de­pen­dents that they were not en­ti­tled to claim. Over a seven-year pe­riod, Or­nelas de­frauded the United States of ap­prox­i­mately $76,897, and Ruff de­frauded the United States of ap­prox­i­mately $53,227.

This case was the prod­uct of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the Trea­sury In­spec­tor Gen­eral for Tax Ad­min­is­tra­tion and the In­ter­nal Rev­enue Ser­vice-crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion. As­sis­tant U.S. At­tor­ney Mark J. Mck­eon is pros­e­cut­ing the case.

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