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Former IRS worker pleads guilty to unemployment insurance fraud

A Buffalo woman, who formerly worked for the IRS and as a health care aide, pleaded guilty Friday to theft of $11,455 by filing phony unemployment benefit claims.

Candace Walker, 33, received the money from Jan. 10, 2010 to Oct. 2, 2011 while working both as an IRS contact representative and a staffer at the Schofield Residence, investigators said. She faces a prison term of up to one year or a fine of up to $100,000 or both when she is sentencing by U.S. Magistrate Judge Hugh B. Scott on Oct. 7.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Russell T. Ippolito, Jr. said Walker filed numerous fraudulent unemployment insurance benefit claims totalling $9,530 while working at the IRS and $1,925 linked to her job at the Schofield home. Her plea stems from an investigation by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Investigation, the U.S. Labor Department, the New York State Department of Labor.