10 Former IRS employees indicted for unemployment benefits fraud

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Ten former Internal Revenue Service employees are facing charges of unemployment fraud.

Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri announced that the former employees have been indicted by a federal grand jury for receiving a total of more than $112,000 in unemployment benefits during their time at the agency.  

Those indicted include Michelle Glavin, 32, Christopher Bair, 50, Tiffani Harding, 26, Christopher Castillo, 33, Brenda Jones, 49, and Jesse Love, 60, all of Kansas City, Mo., Priscillia Smith, 46, and Leisa Hunsel, 38, both of Belton, Mo., Shalonda Bradley, 40, of Grandview, Mo., and Berneta Weedin, 59, of Platte Woods, Mo.

The indictment alleges the former employees claimed unemployment benefits while they were still employed by the IRS. The amount of state and federal benefits fraudulently received by each defendant ranged from $21,348 to $6,127. The amount of fraudulent benefits totaled $112,609.

Each of the 10 defendants is charged with one count of theft of government property and one count of bank fraud. The indictment also contains a forfeiture allegation, which would require each defendant to forfeit to the government a money judgment for the amount of benefits received.

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