IRS worker accused of taking taxpayer IDs

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 26, 2013 at 8:12 AM

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- An Internal Revenue Service worker has been charged in a scheme to use taxpayers' personal information to obtain prepaid debit cards.
 
   The U.S. attorney's office for the Eastern District of Kentucky says 32-year-old Joy Fox of Independence, Ky., was charged in a sealed indictment returned July 18 and unsealed Thursday. Also charged is 23-year-old Patrick Sharpe of Tallahassee, Fla.
 
   Fox faces eight counts of intentionally exceeding her authorized access to an IRS computer, three counts of mail fraud and three counts of aggravated identity theft.
 
   Prosecutors say Sharpe and Fox allegedly obtained online debit cards, attempting to fund them using taxpayers' Social Security benefits.
 
   They're also charged with conspiracy to file a false tax refund claim.
 
   Fox pleaded not guilty Thursday in Covington, and Sharpe is scheduled to appear Aug. 14. Both are free on bond.

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