Cunningham worked intermittently for Revenue between 2003 and 2005, where she became familiar with Department procedures. This is the first time, to the Department’s knowledge, that anyone has attempted to impersonate a Revenue agent.
Revenue Director Cindi Holmstrom said the Department and its employees were shocked and offended that someone would attempt to defraud businesses this way.
“We’re cooperating fully with this investigation and stand ready to provide any assistance necessary to ensure that this breach of public trust is punished,” she said.
She urged any other businesses that may have been approached by an impersonator to contact the Department’s Everett Field Office at (425) 356-4800.
Holmstrom said Department of Revenue agents do contact businesses, but carry official photo identification and normally don’t ask for cash payments. She suggested that anyone who is uncertain about the legitimacy of an agent contact the Department at 1-800-647-7706.
Criminal impersonation is a Class C felony subject to a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.