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Tuesday May 5th, 2015 6:22PM

Statham woman sentenced for stealing from IRS union

By Katie Crumley
ATLANTA - A former IRS employee from Statham was sentenced Wednesday for stealing funds from the National Treasury Employees Union while serving as the organization's treasurer.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, 40-year-old Rebecca Mercer was sentenced to one year and one month in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release after pleading guilty to wire fraud charges.

Authorities said as treasurer, Mercer was issued a debit card by the National Employee Union to be used for union-related expenses, but officials said Mercer used more than $50,000 in union funds on personal expenses.

Mercer resigned from the IRS in 2008 after the fraud was discovered.

She was also ordered to pay restitution of more than $52,000.


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