Former IRS employee charged in attempted theft of $2.1 million Exxon Mobil tax credit in Utah – NBC New York

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  • A former IRS employee was charged in Utah federal court for allegedly trying to steal $2.1 million in tax credits owed to oil and gas giant Exxon Mobil.
  • The former IRS employee, Rodney Quinn Rupe, received a check from the U.S. Treasury Department for that amount after diverting Exxon tax credits to an entity he created, prosecutors said.
  • Rupe, who allegedly attempted to deposit the check at multiple credit unions, is charged with bank fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud and theft of government property in Salt Lake City.

A former IRS employee was charged in Utah federal court for allegedly trying to steal $2.1 million in tax credits he owed to Exxon Mobil by diverting the money using a database of taxpayers he accessed had access.

Prosecutors said Wednesday that former IRS account manager Rodney Quinn Rupe received a $2,100,377 U.S. Treasury check in January after he diverted Exxon tax credits to an entity he created, then tried to cash the check over the next two months deposit to multiple credit unions. .

Rupe, a 46-year-old who lives in Syracuse, Utah, is charged in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City with bank fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud and theft of government property.

He will make his first appearance in that court on July 3. The case was highlighted on Thursday by legal news website Court Watch.

Rupe was working at the Internal Revenue Service’s service center in Ogden, Utah, in 2021 when he began the diversion scheme, according to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday.

As part of his job, Rupe “had the ability to adjust taxes, credits, penalties and interest on certain taxpayer accounts in an IRS computer database,” according to the indictment.

Rupe accessed Exxon’s taxpayer account through the IRS database beginning in April 2021, and three months later accessed the database “to assign a newly created Employer Identification Number (“EIN”) to an entity Rupe created and audited, Ex Xo Exteriors Ltd.” the indictment said.

According to the indictment, Rupe accessed a database in April 2022 to transfer $2.02 million in tax credits from oil and gas giant Exxon’s tax account to Ex Xo Exteriors Ltd. The taxpayer’s bill, the complaint alleges.

More than a year later, in August 2023, Rupe “accessed an IRS database to transfer the diverted tax credit funds from one tax year to another,” according to the indictment.

A month after that, he allegedly applied those tax credits to Ex Xo Exterior’s 2019 tax bill, which led to the IRS issuing a $2.1 million refund to Ex indictment.

He then attempted to deposit the check at multiple America First Credit Union locations.

An IRS spokesperson had no immediate comment on the matter.

CNBC has sought comment on the indictment from Exxon Mobil, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Salt Lake City, which is prosecuting the case, Rupe’s attorney, a spokesperson for America First Credit Union, and the Office of the U.S. Tax Inspector General . , who investigated Rupe.