A Nashville woman is facing federal theft and fraud charges after allegedly falsifying military documents so she could receive paid leave from her job at the Internal Revenue Service office in Franklin, Tenn., according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Middle Tennessee.
Tracy R. Allison, 47, of Antioch, was indicted last week by a federal grand jury and charged with theft of government property, five counts of wire fraud and five counts of aggravated identity theft.
According to officials, Allison was discharged from the U.S. Army Reserve in August 2012 and enlisted in the Tennessee National Guard on July 5, 2018.
Between November 2013 and October 2018, officials claim Allison submitted Department of the Army forms to the Payroll and Personnel Systems Unit of the IRS to get paid for reserve duty.
Each form reportedly included a forged signature and Dept. of Defense identification number of Allison’s former commanding officer. According to federal officials, that officer retired and ceased supervising her in July 2013.
“During the five-year scheme, the indictment alleges that Allison submitted approximately 70 fraudulent forms and collected paid military leave and other benefits totaling $22,864.24, even though she had no authorized military duty status for those dates,” wrote David W. Boling, public information officer for the Middle District of Tennessee.
Allison will now be tried in federal court.
If convicted, Allison could face up to 20 years in prison for each count of wire fraud, up to 10 years in prison for theft of government property, and at least two years in prison for each count of aggravated identity theft. She could also face a $250,000 fine.
The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration investigated Allison’s case, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie N. Toussaint is prosecuting.
“An indictment is merely an accusation,” Boling said. “A defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.”