It’s prison for former IRS fraudsters
November 14, 2017
• Fresno residents sent to federal prison
• Husband and wife filed fraudulent returns for themselves and others
Della Ornelas, 49, and Randall Ruff, 53, both of Fresno, have been sent to federal prison for helping others prepare false tax returns and making their own fraudulent tax returns as employees of the Internal Revenue Service, says U.S. Attorney Phillip Talbert.
They both were also ordered to serve six months in home confinement and to pay full restitution to the Internal Revenue Service.
According to court documents, Ms. Ornelas and Mr. Ruff are a married couple and were longtime employees of the Internal Revenue Service in Fresno. Between 2005 and 2013, they filed false tax returns for family and friends that added dependents, generating large tax refunds that were diverted into bank accounts they controlled, sometimes without the knowledge of the taxpayer. They also filed false tax returns for themselves, fraudulently adding dependents that they were not entitled to claim.
Over a seven‑year period, Ms. Ornelas defrauded the United States of approximately $76,897, and Mr. Ruff defrauded the United States of approximately $53,227, the government says.