Crime

Former Fresno IRS employee charged with stealing $13,000 from government

A Fresno woman and former IRS employee was arrested Oct. 14 on charges she falsified her husband’s tax returns and stole around $13,000 in government funds from 2008 to 2012, U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner said.

Maria Mora, 55, and her then-husband, Uriel Perez, 51, now of Spring, Texas, are accused of inaccurately claiming Perez’s niece as a dependent during this period. When the IRS did not refund the couple according to this false dependent in 2008, 2009 and 2010, Mora allegedly forged a letter claiming to be Perez’s sister, Wagner said.

Mora is also accused of using her position at the IRS to access the tax records of her husband’s sister and brother to further the scheme, Wagner said.

If convicted, she faces a maximum of 10 years and a $250,000 fine.

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