IRS Agent Charged with Theft of Public Money

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) Federal prosecutors have accused an Internal Revenue Service agent in Kansas of receiving more than $26,000 in salary and mileage payments for meetings with taxpayers that never took place.

Becky L. Book was charged Tuesday in a criminal information filed in federal court in Kansas City, Kan., with one count of theft of public money. Such a charging document is filed with the defendant’s consent and typically indicates a plea deal in the works.

Prosecutors allege Book claimed she worked 744 hours between March 2010 and April 2011, when she actually took those hours off as unauthorized personal time. It’s unclear whether she’s still an IRS employee.

Court documents do not list a defense attorney. A message left at a phone listed under the same name was not immediately returned.