Just Another Reason To Do Away With the IRS
June 2, 2008 8:01pm CST
MAY 30, An Internal Revenue Service employee snooped on the tax records of about 200 celebrities and athletes, confessing to investigators that he accessed the confidential material out of "curiosity." John Snyder, a 56-year-old tax examiner from Cincinnati, was named this month in a misdemeanor criminal complaint charging him with accessing the computerized accounts of "at least 202 taxpayers," almost all of which were Hollywood figures, sports stars, and "well-known Cincinnati-area individuals." According to the U.S. District Court complaint, a copy of which you'll find below, Snyder used the agency's Integrated Data Retrieval System to examine the accounts of stars like Alec Baldwin, Kevin Bacon, Portia De Rossi, Chevy Chase, Vanna White, Sally Field, Penny Marshall, John Cleese, and the directors Joel and Ethan Coen. According to the complaint, when confronted by federal investigators, "Snyder confessed to making the...unauthorized accesses, stating that he did so out of curiosity." So if he could want about others.
• United States
3 Jun 08
It isn't just tax records. A while back a few in the medical profession thought it would be cool to check up on some of the medical records of famous people like Britney spears and several others. Our privacy is only good to the point where those in position of trust decide to violate it in order to satisfy their curiosity, or even sell it for a quick buck. I am all for eliminating the IRS... however I am even more interested in making the penalties for privacy violations so severe that no one would dare to do it.
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