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FEDS: KY IRS Agent Snooped On Nearly 200 Celebs

By: Andy Cunningham Email
By: Andy Cunningham Email

A Kentucky IRS agent is in big trouble after federal investigators say he illegally accessed personal information from more than 200 people most of them celebrities.

Federal agents arrested 56-year-old John Snyder on Thursday at the IRS office in Covington. He's accused of snooping on Hollywood stars like Kevin Bacon and Alec Baldwin and that's just the beginning of the list.

Federal investigators say Snyder, a tax examiner at the IRS branch in Covington, spent the last 5 years looking up confidential information on 197 celebrities including Kevin Bacon, Vanna White, Chevy Chase, Randy Quaid, Tara Reid, Sally Field, and Alec Baldwin to name a few.

Court papers show Snyder was caught during a routine audit when inspectors were checking to see who was accessing personal and tax information stored on the federal data base.

Information investigators say Snyder who only works with business accounts had no right to be viewing them.

And it wasn't just actors, Snyder also snooped on professional athletes and coaches including Cincinnati Bengals Coach Marvin Lewis.

Court documents also say Snyder confessed to accessing the private information stating, he did it out of curiosity.

Snyder faces up to one-year in prison and a $250,000 fine if found guilty. He will be back in court on July 1st.


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