Five IRS workers indicted for snooping into taxpayer files

Posted by Humphrey Cheung

Fresno (CA) – Five Internal Revenue Service workers in Fresno have been indicted for computer fraud and unauthorized access into taxpayer files.  According to the indictment, the workers illegally accessed the files of 13 taxpayers.

This apparently happens so often at the IRS that the agency has coined its own term “UNAX”, short for unauthorized access.  In 2007, there were 521 cases of UNAX, but most employees typically faced only reprimands and unpaid leave.

Read more … Wired.