Friday, May 30, 2008
From today's Cincinnati Enquirer: Did IRS Worker Snoop? Charges Say He Looked at 197 Celebrity Tax Records, by Jim Hannah:
An IRS tax examiner in Northern Kentucky was arrested Thursday on charges that he illegally looked up the personal information of nearly 200 celebrities and professional athletes. The victims include Hollywood stars such as Kevin Bacon, Alec Baldwin, Sally Field, Vanna White of "Wheel of Fortune" fame and the late Eddie Albert of the classic sitcom "Green Acres." The athletes include tennis champion Steffi Graf, Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs players, and Bengals coach Marvin Lewis. ...
[John] Snyder was caught when authorities audited who was accessing personal and tax information stored on a federal database called the Integrated Data Retrieval Systems, according to the affidavit. ... Snyder, 56, faces up to a year in prison and a $250,000 fine at this time if found guilty of improperly accessing IRS data, a misdemeanor. ... Snyder has been employed by the IRS since 1991.
Other celebrities named as victims in the affidavit include John Cleese, Timothy Bottoms, Portia De Rossi, Penny Marshall, Randy Quaid, Tara Reid, Maura Tierney and Chevy Chase.