A former Internal Revenue Service employee has been indicted and arrested for allegedly stealing a taxpayer’s identity.

Domeen Flowers, 48, of Maitland, Fla., was arrested Thursday, in Florida, as a result of an indictment returned by a federal grand jury sitting in Philadelphia, Pa. The indictment charges Flowers, a former IRS employee in Philadelphia, with participating in an alleged identity theft scheme involving the personal information of a taxpayer.

According to the indictment, Flowers used her position with the IRS to make unauthorized computer entries into the IRS’ Integrated Data Retrieval System. After accessing the system, Flowers obtained personal identifying information pertaining to a taxpayer, identified in the indictment only as “E.R.” Flowers allegedly used the information to apply for credits from different credit card companies in E.R.’s name. An initial appearance was held in U.S. District Court in Orlando, Fla. Flowers was released on bail pending an appearance in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia.

If convicted of all charges, Flowers faces between two to 46 years in prison and a fine of up to $1,254,000, a special assessment of $900, and two years of supervised release.

The case was investigated by Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration’s Philadelphia Field Office and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Floyd J. Miller.

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