MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Federal prosecutors say 24 current and former Internal Revenue Service employees have been charged with stealing government benefits.

The U.S. attorney's office in Memphis said Wednesday that the employees were indicted on charges that they fraudulently received more than $250,000 in benefits including unemployment insurance payments, food stamps, welfare, and housing vouchers.

Prosecutors say 13 of the IRS employees face federal charges of lying about being unemployed while applying for or recertifying their government benefits. Eleven others face state charges of theft of property over $1,000.

U.S. Attorney Edward Stanton says the workers stole from American taxpayers.

Prosecutors canceled a news conference to announce the indictments. U.S. attorney's office spokesman Rodney King says that was due to "unforeseen events." He did not elaborate.

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  • Curse, Then Escape With Beer In Hand

    Steven Slater has gained a special kind of notoriety these past couple days after quitting his flight attendant job after cursing out a customer, grabbing a beer, and sliding down the emergency chute. He ended up being arrested, but imagine the vindication he felt sliding down that chute? Totally worth it (Via <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1301798/JetBlue-flight-attendant-Steven-Slater-quits-job-style-luggage-row-passenger.html?ITO=1490" target="_hplink">Daily Mail</a>)

  • Humiliate Your Boss Via Dry-Erase Board

    Although now this has been dubbed a hoax by <a href="http://thechive.com/2010/08/11/a-word-from-jenny-16-photos/" target="_hplink">The Chive</a> yesterday a girl going by the name of "Jenny" got America's attention by "quitting" her job via dry-erase board. We really hope that someone takes the idea to quit by emailng a photo essay to every employee at the company, especially if it exposes your boss' FarmVille obsession. <a href="http://thechive.com/2010/08/10/girl-quits-her-job-on-dry-erase-board-emails-entire-office-33-photos/" target="_hplink">The Chive</a> has the rest of her hilarious photo essay.

  • Send Your Boss An Error Message

    One unnamed designer quit his job by utilizing the very skills he was hired for having and creating this modified error message explaining what happens next. We're surprised he's even asking them to renegotiate his contract after making such a bold move. Then again, who knows where those buttons lead... (Via <a href="http://www.cracked.com/article/18362_the-7-ballsiest-ways-anyone-ever-quit-their-job_p1" target="_hplink">Cracked</a>)

  • Make A Performance Out Of It

    <a href="http://www.thatguywiththeglasses.com/" target="_hplink">Doug</a>, known online as "That Guy With The Glasses" made this video demonstrating his ideal way to quit a job, involving a boombox, a wardrobe change, and some paint.

  • Do It With A Game

    A programmer for a company called 2K quit his job by creating a <a href="http://www.farbs.org/Message.html" target="_hplink">Mario flash game</a> for his employers to play. With each score, the words "I QUIT!" flash incessantly on the screen, providing his ex-bosses with some pleasure with their inconvenience. (Via<a href="http://www.giantbomb.com/news/quit-your-job-the-mario-way/1204/" target="_hplink"> Giant Bomb</a>)

  • Crush Children's Dreams

    This guy wanted to quit his job at Borders. Sounds simple enough, right? But he also wanted to go out with bang. Conveniently, the 7th Harry Potter book was about to be released, so he brought a video camera into the stock room and started revealing the much-anticipated plot. This guy 1, Borders 0.

  • Live On The Radio

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Kyle_Vermaire"></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Kyle_Vermaire">Kyle Vermaire</a>:<br />Inetta the Moodsetta, upset with her compensation, quits live on the radio (with an awesome rant)

  • Old School

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/seandarcy"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/seandarcy">seandarcy</a>:<br />A summer of working at a liquor store can make you want to drink. When your boss is a crazy person who treats you like a wicked step-child, it can make you want to drink even more. Or just quit. Take this for example.