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Five current and former IRS employees have been charged in a federal wire fraud and money laundering case. Stolen taxpayer funds were allegedly used to purchase jewelry, Gucci bags and clothing, Las Vegas vacations, manicures, massages, and a Mercedes-Benz. At least three of the five individuals have already pleaded guilty.

The official IRS watchdog — the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration — is quoted in an Oct. 4 statement posted by DOJ and the Western District of Tennessee: “The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration’s (TIGTA) mission includes investigating allegations of criminal violations committed by Internal Revenue Service employees,” said Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration J. Russell George. “We will continue to aggressively pursue IRS employees who breach the public trust, safeguarding the integrity of the IRS.”

Further details of the alleged crimes can be found here.