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Former Fresno IRS Employee Pleads Guilty in Drug Death of Co-Worker

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Margarita Aispuro-Camacho is scheduled for sentencing on June 20 in Fresno federal court. (Shutterstock)
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A former Fresno IRS employee who illegally sold prescription drugs on the side pleaded guilty Tuesday to contributing to the death of an IRS co-worker.

According to court records, Margarita Aispuro-Camacho was a clerk at the IRS in Fresno. In May 2020, she sold morphine pills that she had been prescribed to a co-worker.

The co-worker died the next day from an overdose of morphine from Aispuro-Camacho and other prescription drugs the co-worker obtained elsewhere.

Aispuro-Camacho had previously sold morphine and other prescription drugs to the co-worker at least five other times for a few thousand dollars, prosecutors said.

Faces up to 20 Years in Federal Prison

U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced Aispuro-Camacho’s guilty plea in a news release late Tuesday morning.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Barton is prosecuting the case.

Aispuro-Camacho faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine. She is scheduled for sentencing on June 20 by U.S. District Judge Jennifer L. Thurston in Fresno.

Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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