OAKLAND -- A 46-year-old Internal Revenue Service employee who defrauded the government of $4,175 faces up to 5 years in prison, according to the office of U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag.

Kimberly S. Daniels, an IRS employee in Oakland, pleaded guilty Wednesday to filing a false individual tax return for the year 2010.

While an employee of the IRS in March 2011, Daniels filed her 2010 income tax return and fraudulently claimed two dependents, knowing they were not her dependents, and requested a tax refund of $4,175, according to Haag's office.

J. Russell George, the treasury inspector general for tax administration, said his office investigates all allegations of in-house corruption as employees need to do their jobs with the "highest standards of integrity in order to maintain the public's trust in the American system of tax administration."

Daniels was not immediately available for comment Thursday.

Daniels is scheduled to be sentenced on July 24 before U.S. District Court Judge Phyllis J. Hamilton in Oakland. She faces up to 5 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and mandatory dismissal from her job.

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