Former IRS employee sentenced to 2 years in tax fraud scheme

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A former Internal Revenue Service employee will spend two years in federal prison for using other people’s tax information to collect tax refunds.

Kenneth Goheen, 57, of Austin, plead guilty to one count of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft in June. Federal investigators say Goheen, a former Tax Examining Technician, used identification information from Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) applicants to file more than 50 fraudulent tax returns between March 2013 and January 2015. Goheen managed to collected more than $120,000 in refunds based on the fraudulent tax returns.

Along with the sentenced, United States District Judge Lee Yeakel ordered Goheen forfeit $15,000 from his bank. Goheen will also be placed on supervised release for a period of three years after completing his prison term.

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