CT tax worker arrested in data breach

Hartford Business, September 16, 2011

A Connecticut tax collector faces felony charges that could land him in jail for as long as six years for allegedly using his work computer to look up tax returns on about 15 taxpayers without a legitimate business need, authorities say. Adrian Nelson, 33, of Windsor was arrested Friday at Department of Revenue Services’ Hartford headquarters at 25 Sigourney St., officials said.  Nelson is charged with one count for each of the confidential tax returns he allegedly breached and with computer crime in the third degree, the DRS said. He is free on $5,000 bond pending his Sept. 30 appearance in Hartford Superior Court to answer the charges. Computer crime in the third degree is a class D felony punishable by imprisonment of up to five years, a fine of up to $5,000, or both. Unauthorized inspection of tax return information is an unclassified misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment of up to one year, a fine of up to $1,000, or both.  The agency said its investigation has not uncovered any evidence the information was used for any additional purposes. http://www.hartfordbusiness.com/news20529.html

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