IRS employee sentenced for looking at celeb's tax records

Amber Jenkins- email

COVINGTON, KY (FOX19)-- An IRS employee is sentenced today for looking through the tax records of almost 200 celebrities.

56-year-old John Snyder was sentenced to three years of probation , sixty hours of community service, and fined 1,000 dollars for unauthorized computer access to looking into the accounts of celebrities and athletes.

A criminal complaint was filed against Snyder this past May and accused him of looking into the files from 2003 to 2008. John Snyder was been an employee with the Internal Revenue Service since 1991.

Some of the celebs whose accounts were accessed were Alec Baldwin, Chevy Chase, Sally Fields, Tara Reid, and local athletes from the Cincinnati Reds and Bengals Head Coach, Marvin Lewis.

Attorney say that Snyder also looked into five other accounts including one of his next door neighbors.

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) conducted a routine check to look for suspicious accesses from employees. They found that john Snyder had numerous unauthorized accesses when he worked almost exclusively with business accounts.