Utahn, who worked for the IRS, was charged in federal court with attempting to steal $2 million

SALT LAKE CITY – A former Internal Revenue Service employee living in Utah was charged in federal court with abusing his position in an attempt to steal more than $2 million in tax credits.

Rodney Quinn Rupe, 46, of Syracuse, devised a “scheme” from July 2021 to March of this year in which he would fraudulently obtain funds from the IRS and Exxon Mobil Corporation and then divert the funds for his personal use, prosecutors allege in the indictment. .

Rupe is a former IRS account management employee and had access to a number of taxpayer accounts and processing tools in an IRS computer database, allowing him to adjust taxes, credits, penalties and interest on some accounts, the indictment said.

Prosecutors say he “abused” this access by diverting tax credits he owes to Exxon Mobil to an entity he created and controlled called Ex Xo Exteriors Ltd.

“After diverting the tax credits in the IRS database owed to Exxon Mobil, Rupe then transferred the diverted tax funds from one tax year to the next, resulting in a refund in the form of a check from the U.S. Treasury to value of $2,100,377.38.” according to a statement from the US Attorney’s Office.

The refund consisted of misappropriated tax credits and interest owed to ExxonMobil, the indictment said. After receiving the refund in January, Rupe attempted to deposit the U.S. Treasury check multiple times at multiple America First Credit Union locations, prosecutors said.

Rupe was indicted on charges of bank fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud and theft of government property. His first court appearance is scheduled for July 3 in Salt Lake City.