First it was the families of dead people and state employees. Now, authorities say Internal Revenue Service employees in Tennessee were stealing unemployment and other benefits while fully employed.
On Thursday, 13 of those employees were indicted on federal charges that they lied to get unemployment, food stamps, welfare and housing vouchers. An additional 11 have been indicted on state charges of theft greater than $1,000.
In all, authorities say the workers improperly received more than $250,000 in government benefits.
"You've got these employees that are taking advantage of the system that they are so intimate with it by virtue of their jobs," said Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirech, whose office is handling the state prosecutions. "It's doubly frustrating."