2 Indianapolis IRS workers plead guilty to collecting jobless benefits while working full-time

9 employees involved in investigation

INDIANAPOLIS - Two Indianapolis IRS workers have pleaded guilty to collecting jobless benefits while working full-time.

Carmen Brown, 41, of Indianapolis, and Terri Wardell, 48, of Fishers, both pleaded guilty this week to unemployment insurance fraud.

Both were working full-time for the IRS when they collected $14,000 and $18,000, respectively, in unemployment benefits.

The investigation by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development began in spring of 2012 when the IRS discovered several employees were receiving unemployment benefits while working.

Four former IRS employees -- Je-Taun D. Finch, 37; Lorita K. Hiter, 37; Elizabeth A. Amos, 45; and Sheila M. Hill, 33 -- were each sentenced to probation for fraudulently claiming between $4,000 and $14,000 in unemployment benefits.

Andrea Y. Jackson, 28, it awaiting sentencing for fraudulently collecting $16,000 in benefits, while investigators also said Tracey L. Lewis, 38, and Angela Milton, 31, are accused in the same scheme.

"It does not matter who you are or who you work for, we work diligently to make sure those who take funds they are not eligible for, are held accountable," said Department of Workforce Development Commissioner Scott B. Sanders. "These funds are for Hoosiers truly in need, and we take our job safeguarding these funds very seriously."

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