Tax Man Accused Of Looking At Celebrity Accounts

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) - An Internal Revenue Service employee has
been charged in Kentucky with a misdemeanor for allegedly
improperly accessing the IRS accounts of celebrities and sports
figures.
The U.S. attorney's office for the Eastern District of Kentucky
says 56-year-old John Snyder was arrested Thursday and arraigned in
federal court in Covington.
The prosecutor's office says the case involves nearly 200
celebrities, including Kevin Bacon, Alec Baldwin, Sally Field,
Chevy Chase, Randy Quaid and Tara Reid, as well as Cincinnati
Bengals coach Marvin Lewis and former Cincinnati Reds players.
According to a statement from U.S. Attorney James Zerhusen's
office, court documents allege that from 2003 until this year,
Snyder improperly accessed the IRS accounts, which also allegedly
included Snyder's next-door neighbor. Snyder has been with the IRS
since 1991.
A Reds spokesman declined to comment because it's a legal
matter. A Bengals spokesman didn't immediately return calls seeking
comment from the coach.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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