October 22, 2014
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a former IRS employee in Central California stole the identities of her co-workers and opened credit cards to go on shopping sprees with friends.
U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner announced Tuesday that 30-year-old Viririana Hernandez and three others stole $1.2 million from 160 people, many of them IRS employees. Prosecutors say they bought home goods, jewelry and clothes.
A grand jury indicted the four Fresno County residents on 23 counts, charging them with conspiracy, bank fraud and aggravated identity theft.
Prosecutors say Hernandez worked at the IRS from 2012 to 2014 and had access to coworkers' personal information.
Prosecutors say other the victims had their identities stolen after they applied to work at a restaurant chain.
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