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State Employee Could Face Prison Time for Tax Breach

DATA LOSS—U.S.

September 19, 2011

A Connecticut state employee faces up to six years in prison for breaching the privacy of taxpayers, Hartford Business Journal reports. The 33-year-old Department of Revenue Services employee was arrested on Friday for allegedly reviewing 15 individuals' tax returns without a legitimate business need, the report states. The agency is notifying those affected and offering free identity theft protection services. Last week, Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen announced the creation of a Privacy Task Force that will investigate data breaches and educate the public about data protection. Assistant Attorney General Matthew Fitzsimmons will lead the task force.
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