Investigating the Investigator

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The job of an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Criminal Investigator is to pursue individuals who break the tax law. So, it is ironic that a Sacramento, California woman, who worked for the IRS Criminal Investigation Division as an investigator, found herself being pursued by fellow investigators on allegations of tax fraud.

The former special agent, who was also a certified public accountant, reportedly filed six false tax returns over three years. Three of the returns were related to personal income and the other three were for trusts, which she had created. (You could say she knew the intricacies and tricks of filing tax returns to get the most money back possible.)

The Californian fraudulently claimed head of household status, made false education expense deductions and falsified dependents on her personal tax returns. (On one of the trust tax returns, she claimed to be paying her mother and sister to care for her son and father, but that was not the truth.) And, that’s just the beginning of the ruse.

The special agent applied for and was granted a fraudulent legal separation from her husband. (That was so she and her husband could claim rental real estate loss deductions they were not entitled to.) Then, let’s not forget that she received $4,000 from the IRS’ employee tuition assistance program. (She claimed she needed reimbursement for the English classes she was supposedly taking.)

Then came even more lies. When criminal investigators (like herself) requested to see her government laptop, the special agent lied about the location, then deleted many files from the device after the investigators left. (Did she really think they wouldn’t notice or recover the deleted files?)

Needless to say, the IRS noticed that the 45-year-old former investigator was obstructing justice. The former IRS investigator from Sacramento was sentenced to 51 months in prison for tax fraud. In addition, she was also ordered to serve three years of supervised release and pay restitution of $4,000 to the IRS. (Congratulations to the IRS Criminal Investigation Division for investigating the investigator and stopping her from using her position to steal money from the U.S. Treasury and American taxpayers, like all fraudsters love to do.)

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “Former IRS criminal investigator sentenced to over four years in prison for tax fraud,” published by The Sacramento Bee on October 23, 2018.

A Sacramento woman who worked as an IRS investigator was sentenced Tuesday to 51 months in prison for tax fraud, stealing government money and obstructing justice after filing false tax returns for three years and interfering in her investigation.

Alena Aleykina, a former special agent with the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation Division, filed six false tax returns from 2009 to 2011, three for personal income and three for trusts she had created, according to a news release issued by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California.

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Larry Benson
Larry Benson is currently the Director of Strategic Alliances for Revenue Discovery and Recovery at LexisNexis Risk Solutions. In this role, Benson is responsible for developing partnerships for the tax and revenue and child support enforcement verticals. He focuses on embedded companies that have a need for third-party analytics to enhance their current offerings.