Five IRS employees charged with snooping on tax returns

Wednesday, 14 May 2008, 6:08 AM EST

Five workers at the Internal Revenue Service's Fresno, California, return processing center were charged Monday with computer fraud and unauthorized access to tax return information for allegedly peeking into taxpayers' files for their own purposes.

"The IRS has a method for looking for unauthorized access, and it keeps audit trails, and occasionally it will pump out information about who's done what," says assistant U.S. attorney Mark McKoen, who's prosecuting the cases in federal court in Fresno.

At Wired.

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