Once the cork popped on the sacred establishment known as the Internal Revenue Service, it seems that almost every day some new scandal or problem surfaces.
In the latest news rising out of the ashes of what once were the pristine halls of the IRS, a secretary has been arrested and charged with a felony for using an IRS issued credit card for personal items. Yetunde Oseni, 37 started working as a secretary in the Lanham, Maryland office of the IRS in 2000. In 2009, she was issued a Citibank MasterCard to be used for the purchasing of office supplies.
It appears that Oseni decided that she could use her IRS MasterCard to purchase personal items off the internet, mostly at Amazon.com. When asked for the receipts for her purchases, she tried to alter them so as to hide her personal spending. An investigation was launched and it was discovered that Oseni had purchased a minimum of $8,515 worth of items for her and her family. Among her purchases were:
- Chocolate fondue fountain
- Bollywood movies
- Omaha steaks
- Harlequin romance novels
- Apple Bottoms skinny jeans
- Mango body wash
- Ginsu knife set
- 2 plus size trench coats
- Hello Kitty cosmetic set and Dream Diary Kit
- MAC Haughty & Naughty lash mascara
- Nostalgia Electrics RSM-702 Retro Series snow cone maker
- 3 lbs party candy
- Toy piñata
- Lansinoh lanolin nursing cream
- 4 prs Leveret children pajamas
The charges filed against her in the US District Court for the District of Maryland states the offense as:
“Knowingly and unlawfully embezzle, steal, purloin, and knowingly convert to her use things of value of the United States, to wit: household items and food products purchased using a government purchase card belonging to the Internal Revenue Service.”
Oseni seems to have a real spending problem. In 2011, she filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy claiming to have debts of $50,000 to $100,000 and assets of less than $50,000. However, a judge dismissed the bankruptcy claim when Oseni failed to provide certain required documents to the court.
According to the security firm Marquet International, Oseni fits the typical profile of an embezzler. They say that most embezzlers are female, in their 40s, hold some type of bookkeeping position and have no criminal record. The bookkeeping type position is key to the profile as it gives the person access to funds or accounts that many other employees would not have access to. Additionally, these positions are generally held by women.
Oseni’s trial has been set for June 12. Until that time, she has been released on her own recognizance. If found guilty (duh!), she could face a maximum of 10 years in prison.
So what else has been going on behind their closed doors? With everything we’ve been hearing over the past couple of weeks, you can’t help but wonder what other sordid and illegal things have been taking place in the IRS.