Five IRS employees charged with snooping at tax records

Five caught by IRS' own security system, which routinely audits employees' computer systems

Five federal workers at an Internal Revenue Service office in California have been charged with computer fraud for illegally accessing the confidential records of taxpayers.

The US Attorney's Office in the Eastern District of California hit all five with the misdemeanor charge of accessing and inspecting the tax return information of individuals unlawfully and without authorization. According to court documents filed by the US Department of Justice, the five IRS workers accessed and viewed the records of up to 13 people early in 2006.

A spokeswoman for the US Attorney's Office based in California said she did not know what relation, if any, the defendants had to the people they snooped on.

The spokeswoman added, though, that all five were caught by the IRS' own security system, which routinely audits employees' computer systems. "They knew they were not supposed to do that and they knew they were going to be audited," she said.

Corina Yepez is accused of accessing one person's file, while Melissa Moisa and Brenda Jurado both allegedly accessed two people's files. Irene Fierro and David Baker are charged with snooping into the files of four people.

Moisa and Baker are slated for preliminary hearings on July 10. The other three are set for their hearings on June 26.

All five are free and awaiting court appearances.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Sharon Gaudin

Computerworld

Comments

Comments are now closed.

Most Popular Reviews

Follow Us

GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Latest News Articles

Resources

Best Deals on GoodGearGuide

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?