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Officials: IRS Employees Stole Unemployment Benefits

Former workers at Holtsville facility are charged with grand larceny, according to the New York State Department of Labor.

LONG ISLAND, NY— Four people who were employed at the Internal Revenue Service facility in Holtsville have been charged with grand larceny after they fraudulently collected unemployment benefits, the state Department of Labor [DOL] announced Wednesday. 

Christopher Najdek, of Medford, Marcel Oneal, of Copiague, Michelle Oyer, of Mastic, and Jennifer Connolly, of Centereach, stole $37,438 in total benefits while they were employed at the IRS between November 2010 and last month, the DOL said in a press release

"Individuals who scheme to defraud taxpayers by stealing money intended for the unemployed are on notice the Department of Labor's Office of Special Investigations and federal investigators have joined forces with local law enforcement to find and prosecute thieves," Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said in the release. "This collaboration of resources enhances our ability to identify fraudsters and secure the evidence we need to convict the guilty."

The four arrested are each charged with one count of third degree grand larceny, a class D felony. 

Najdek and Oneal were still working at the IRS at the time of their arrests, Newsday reported

A DOL spokesman told Newsday that there was no sign that the four arrested, who will be in court on desk appearance tickets in October, worked together in committing the fraud. 

Doctor Wally August 31, 2012 at 10:38 PM
Amazing, and these are the People Obamacare is going to hire. Body parts will be next!!!
larry vine August 31, 2012 at 11:37 PM
Just think, they will be overseeing Obamacare..scary isn't it??
unknown September 01, 2012 at 01:18 AM
What you all don't realize is that these IRS employees make less than 40,000 a year and were laid off for 6 months or more at a time. I'm not condoning what they did, it was the wrong thing to do and a poor example and it sets a poor image for the current law abiding IRS employees. However, the public and the media need to stop going after the little people and start going after the politicians, who are running our government, and not filing, not paying and have off shore accounts to hide their millions/billions .
unknown September 01, 2012 at 01:26 AM
Not to mention the fact, that in the last year they were threatened with not one but TWO shutdowns, pay freeze at 2010 rates, and a hiring freeze; which means that there is no chance of getting a perm position if you are a seasonal employee. Ill place a bet that those with the negative comments make more than $100,000 a year, have not been laid off and you still got your raises!! Food for thought. Also 4 people is NOT the ENTIRE organization.
Shelly September 09, 2012 at 08:28 AM
Wow, that's really leading the public by example, as IRS employees they are supposed to be setting proper examples to our community and country....I bet the 2 still working there at time of arrest, don't lose their jobs either!

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