IRS Secretary Allegedly Embezzles $8,515 For Online Shopping Spree



The Internal Revenue Service is already on trial for applying special scrutiny to conservative groups' applications for tax exempt status. Now an individual IRS worker is facing a possible 10-year prison sentence for allegedly using her government credit card to go on shopping binges at Amazon.

Yetunde Oseni, 37, a secretary at an IRS office in Lanham, Md., was given an IRS credit card in mid-2009, according to a U.S. District Court felony complaint that was reported by The Smoking Gun. She then allegedly used the card to buy an array of eccentric purchases online, including stretch leggings, a Hello Kitty cosmetic set, two plus-size trench coats, a chocolate fondue fountain, Omaha Steaks, "and other items not used by the IRS," the complaint states. In May, she was charged with embezzling government funds.

Her online haul allegedly totalled $8,515. She's currently out on bond, and is scheduled for a hearing in June.

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Oseni closely fits the profile of an embezzler, according to a recent report from professional security firm Marquet International. It said that an embezzler is most likely to be a female in her 40s, a bookkeeper and without a criminal record -- because women are more likely to be bookkeepers, and seasoned workers are more likely to have access to a company's cash. Since the financial crisis, embezzlement cases have been on the rise, Marquet found, noting that the number of new arrests or indictments of workers has been growing by 10 percent a year since 2010.

Marquet was only analyzing embezzlement cases in which at least $100,000 was stolen, however. And it's unlikely that Oseni, who allegedly provided IRS officials with doctored receipts, could have slipped that chunk of change under the eyes of supervisors.

According to The Smoking Gun, Oseni struggled to manage her finances -- even with those extra government funds. In June 2011, she filed for bankruptcy, citing debts in the $50,000 to $100,000 range. But a judge dismissed her case when she failed for file the necessary documents.


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Claire Gordon

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Claire Gordon has contributed to Slate's DoubleX, the Huffington Post, and the book Prisons: Current Controversies. While an undergraduate at Yale University and a research fellow at Yale graduate school, she spoke on panels at Yale and Cornell, and reported from Cairo, Tokyo, and Berlin.

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Cindy

Let me guess.....her punishment will be suspension with pay.

October 11 2013 at 12:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JWS1132

typical greedy scumbag thief...I love watching them self destruct through their own greed and stupidity.

May 28 2013 at 8:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
IsabellM04

upto I looked at the check for $8651, I accept ...that...my father in law woz like really receiving money part-time on their apple laptop.. there neighbor had bean doing this 4 less than 12 months and at present paid the morgage on there condo and purchased a new Alfa Romeo. read more at, Bow6.com

May 27 2013 at 2:34 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
NomadBud

Another Obama voter in trouble with the law .

May 24 2013 at 5:06 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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Hi Sandra

Don't you people ever get tired of the Obama bashing? It is beginning to be so boring, if you cannot think of anything good ro contribute to the stories you read on this blag, stay off!

November 05 2013 at 8:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
eeverettm

Yetunde Oseni. sounds like the kind that wanted obama to stay in office for immigration.

May 23 2013 at 3:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
BLONDIE & GRUMPY

I'll give you a quick class on Embezzlement; There are two steps between Honesty and Dishonesty; NEED & OPPORTUNITY, the rest is bunk!!!

May 23 2013 at 12:38 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
MICHAEL

hello kitty cosmetics? WTF? id love to know what she looks like.

May 23 2013 at 12:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
I Made This

Typical government worker or I should say taker

May 23 2013 at 12:01 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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Hi Sandra

Such an ignorant comment! What if this story had been about a waitress, a paper boy, a clergyman, I think you know where this is going. People simply cannot get enough of stories that have to do with our Govt., don't like it, leave it! Problem solved,.

November 05 2013 at 8:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sir.JJ Stryyker

Why is it going to cost the tax payers? They need to pull it back out of her pocket, plus interest, plus any and all court costs, plus 10% on any balance due after she gets out of prison.

JJr.

May 23 2013 at 11:52 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
Herb

No one has asked what was her position that earned her the right to have an IRS credit card?? I am curious.

May 23 2013 at 10:37 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

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