- Associated Press - Thursday, August 27, 2015

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A former IRS employee in Texas has been sentenced to two years and a day in prison for stealing personal data to file more than 50 bogus tax returns.

Kenneth Goheen of Austin was sentenced Wednesday and ordered to repay nearly $120,000 that he illegally received.

The 57-year-old Goheen in June pleaded guilty in Austin to wire fraud and to aggravated identity theft.

Goheen was a tax examining technician with the IRS before the scam was discovered. Prosecutors say he stole identification information from individual tax ID number applicants.

Goheen used the information to file dozens of fraudulent tax returns between March 2013 and January 2015 to wrongly get tax refunds.


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