Ogden, Utah IRS Employee Pleads Guilty to Unauthorized Inspection of Returns or Return Information
Tuesday, March 5th, 2019 @ 9:56PM
CFEG reports that on November 17, 2016, in a federal district court in the District of Utah, Northern Division, an IRS employee pled guilty to unauthorized inspection of returns or return information. She was initially charged with the offense in July 2016. https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/oi_highlights_2017.shtml
According to court documents, this IRS employee was employed as a Tax Examining Technician with the IRS Accounts Management Operations in Ogden, Utah, at the time of the offense. As an employee of the IRS, she willfully and unlawfully inspected the tax returns and tax return information of individuals without authorization. https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/oi_highlights_2017.shtml
In her plea agreement, this IRS employee acknowledged that, while at work on two separate dates, she accessed the tax return information of 26 taxpayers named or similar to a name known to her. She did so on purpose, using the same computer command code 38 separate times, knowing that she was not authorized to make these accesses. https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/oi_highlights_2017.shtml
This IRS employee faced a maximum sentence of up to one year in prison and, upon her conviction, discharged from employment with the Federal Government. Sentencing was scheduled for January 30, 2017. https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/oi_highlights_2017.shtml
When IRS employees willfully and unlawfully inspect the tax returns and tax return information of individuals without authorization, the IRS fails in its mission to apply the tax law with integrity and fairness to all.