For anyone who believed the IRS scandal was limited to abuse of power targeting Tea Party and other conservative organizations, buckle up!
Current and Former IRS Employees in TN Indicted
CNN Money reported on April 18, 2013, that 24 current and former IRS employees have been criminally indicted, 13 at the federal level and 11 at the state level in Tennessee, for claiming approximately $250,000 in welfare, food stamps, housing and unemployment benefits all while gainfully employed at the IRS paid with our tax dollars.
Former IRS Employee – White Collar Crime Turns to Murder-for-Hire
According to the FBI in its formal statement just last month, a former California IRS agent turned tax preparer Steven Martinez was sentenced to nearly 24 years in federal prison for swindling $11 million from clients and hiring a would-be assassin to ensure they couldn’t testify about the theft.
The FBI released the following details: “Martinez pleaded guilty on August 10, 2012, to criminal charges including murder-for-hire, witness tampering involving attempted murder, solicitation of a crime of violence, mail fraud, filing false tax returns, Social Security fraud, aggravated identity theft, and money laundering. Martinez pleaded guilty to 12 counts in a superseding indictment. As part of his guilty plea, Martinez admitted that in late February 2012, he solicited a third party to murder four witnesses with the intent to prevent their testimony in his pending criminal tax case. The third party contacted the San Diego division of the FBI on February 28, 2012, to report the murder-for-hire plot by Martinez and agreed to cooperate with the FBI in the investigation.”
Martinez used some of the embezzled proceeds to purchase a beach home in Mexico. Ah what a tangled web he weaved, when he practiced and deceived!
Flashback – IRS Employees Charged in New York and Convicted in California in 2012
In August 2012, two current and two former IRS employees were each charged with one count of grand larceny after allegedly applying for and receiving unemployment benefits while gainfully employed at the IRS facility in Holtsville.
In September 2012, a former full-time California IRS employee was sentenced to four months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $13,285 in restitution for fraudulent unemployment claims between October 2008 and April 2011.
How many other scandals are brewing within the IRS? What, if any safeguards are in place to protect your confidential tax information? What percentage of IRS employees are registered Democrats? How high up do these scandals go? Will there ever be accountability within the agency? These and many other questions need to be answered. Demand the truth. Demand accountability. We are a Red Nation Rising.