Two IRS Service Center employees in Covington, KY, were charged in a 29-count indictment for stealing thousands of dollars in money orders. Joseph Ligon, 37, and Lashon Weaver, 31, both of Cincinnati, OH, were indicted for theft of government money.
The indictment alleges that starting in July of 2009 and continuing to November of 2009, Weaver stole $7,784.62 in money orders. The indictment also accuses Ligon of stealing approximately $3,737.93 in money orders from June of 2009 to October of 2009. In addition, the indictment also alleges that Ligon and Weaver, aided and abetted by each other, stole a $500 money order.
James A. Zerhusen, United States attorney for the eastern district of Kentucky, and Robert Davila, special agent in charge of Chicago field division of the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, jointly made the announcement after a federal grand jury in Covington, KY returned the indictment.
The investigation preceding the indictment was conducted by special agents with the TIGTA. The indictment was presented to the grand jury by Assistant United States Attorney Laura Voorhees.
The United States District Court in Covington hasn’t set a date for the defendants to appear in court. If convicted of the charges, each defendant faces a maximum prison sentence of 10 years. However, any sentence following conviction would be imposed by the court after consideration of the United States Sentencing Guidelines and the federal statute governing the imposition of sentences.