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Domeen Flowers got caught with her hands in the Internal Revenue Service cookie jar. Ms. Flowers, 48, an ex-employee of the Internal Revenue Service is accused of stealing her landlord’s identity and then using it to apply for credit cards according to NBC Philadelphia and The Philadelphia Inquirer. Ms. Flowers was hired at the IRS as a mail clerk in 2007 in Philadelphia.
In June 2009 Ms. Flowers began using IRS computers to obtain personal information that enabled her to apply for credit cards under her landlord’s name – according to prosecutors. When she tried to use one of the cards to pay a $1,000 gas bill, the company put a hold on the account. Frustrated, Ms. Flowers used IRS letterhead to threaten and intimidate her landlord with an audit unless she faxed copies of pertinent identification such as a driver’s license and Social Security card to a machine which Ms. Flowers had access to.
According to WFTV 9, Ms. Flowers stole identities by the handful. Investigators have not disclosed just how many identities Ms. Flowers has stolen. But they have confirmed that she stole identities when she lived in Philadelphia and then when she moved to Florida.
Eventually, word of the scheme reached investigators from the Treasury Inspector General’s office. Ms. Flowers, 48, was arrested in Maitland, Florida. A preliminary hearing was held in Orlando and Ms. Flowers was released on bail pending her appearance in the United States District Court of Philadelphia.
Ms. Flowers faces up to 46 years in prison and a fine of $1.25 million dollars.
According to her Facebook page, Ms. Flowers described her job as “great.” She also described herself as a married woman, a mother, a grandmother and a cancer survivor. She can now add identity thief to her long list of self-descriptions. See you in court Ms. Flowers, and good luck!