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Published on April 17, 2024
IRS Agent in Swampscott Indicted on Charges of Filing Fraudulent Tax ReturnsSource: Unsplash/ Markus Winkler

An IRS agent, long entrusted with the scrutiny of others' tax returns, now finds herself the focus of legal attention. Ndeye Amy Thioub, 67, from Swampscott, was hit with a federal indictment for allegedly filing fraudulent tax returns over a three-year period.

Appointed to uphold the integrity of the tax system, Thioub, who embarked on her career as an Internal Revenue Agent at the IRS Large Business and International Division in 2006, is now accused of tripping over the line she was meant to guard. According to a statement released by the Department of Justice, she engaged in the very malpractice she was trained to detect, daring to file her own personal tax returns laced with deception for the years 2017 through 2019.

Her alleged scheme revolved around a patter of illusion far too common to seasoned investigators: a phantom "import and export" business from which Thioub claimed significant losses. These concocted deficits were then reportedly transferred to her Form 1040, conveniently diminishing her taxable income, thereby defrauding Uncle Sam.

The wheels of justice, slow but intent, are now in motion against Thioub, who faces a possible sentence escalation due to her status as a federal employee, which might discharge her from her duties and imprison her for up to five years, as explained by Acting United States Attorney Joshua S. Levy, along with the grim possibility of a $10,000 fine.

Yet amidst the tangled barbs of accusation and legal jargon, the presumption of innocence remains Thioub's shield, until such time as the court deems her otherwise. Her fate, tied to the evidence laid bare and the judgment of the law, hangs in the balance, subject to trial and deliberation. With the charges laid out and the courtroom awaiting, Thioub will have her say, and the system she once served, its judgment.