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February 20, 2013

Former IRS employee pleads guilty to theft of public funds

PITTSBURG, Kan. —  

A former employee of the Internal Revenue Service has pleaded guilty to theft of public funds of more than $26,000.  An investigation revealed she had falsified travel vouchers and work hours.

Becky L. Book, 49, faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison, a fine up to $250,000 and restitution, according to information provided by Jim Cross, a spokesman with the U.S. attorney’s office in Kansas.

According to information provided by Cross, Book documented a significant amount of time on her assigned cases that she did not actually work. Further, she prepared 14 travel vouchers that claimed mileage to appointments with taxpayers that she never attended.

During an interview by a special agent, Book admitted to filing fraudulent travel vouchers and falsifying time records to cover for her lack of work, the report said. 

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Details for this story were provided by The Joplin (Mo.) Globe.

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