Thursday, April 29, 1999

Probe finds 15 cases of snooping by IRS workers




The Associated Press

        WASHINGTON — Inspectors identified 15 instances of unauthorized file snooping by Internal Revenue Service employees in the first year after Congress made such actions criminal, according to a General Ac counting Office report released Wednesday.

        The employees involved either resigned or were fired, said the GAO. One case is the subject of prosecution under the law that makes IRS employees liable for $100,000 fines and a year in prison.

        Congress enacted the anti-snooping law in 1997 after the GAO reported that only 23 IRS workers had been fired in fiscal years 1994 and 1995 even though 1,515 cases of unauthorized browsing had been identified.

       



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