IRS worker accused of perusing celebrity accounts pleads guilty

Posted by Trina Kinstler - email

COVINGTON, KY (FOX19) -- An IRS working accused of perusing through celebrity tax returns was in court on Monday.

John Snyder, 56, pled guilty for improperly accessing the accounts of nearly 200 people, includin celebrities such as Marvin Lewis, Chevy Chase, Sally Field and Alec Baldwin. He also looked at the account of his next door neighbor.

Snyder faces up to one year in jail and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced on Aug. 20.

Snyder's attorney, Edward McTigue, says his client has no comment. Snyder is free on his own recognizance.

The affidavit supporting the complaint alleges that from 2003 until 2008, Snyder, an employee with the IRS since 1991, improperly accessed the IRS accounts of local sports figures and Hollywood actors.   It also states that the IRS possesses a data base that contains sensitive, personal and tax information on all tax payers.

IRS employees are permitted to access the information for business purposes only.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.