You might think people who work in the state tax department have free access to ogle your returns anytime they want, but that’s a crime — and on Monday, the Department of Revenue Services arrested a former intern and charged him with unauthorized inspection of tax return information.
Brian Frascarelli of Torrington, who worked at the department this summer, was charged with a computer crime in the third degree, the department said in a written release. Other information about Frascarelli was not available.
The department found no evidence that any data was stolen but said all affected taxpayers will be offered free data security protections. The department, which monitors access to information on its systems, didn’t say how many accounts might have been viewed improperly.
“As a criminal matter and a state personnel matter, I have been clear from day one that there is zero tolerance for browsing or other unauthorized accessing of taxpayer record information,” Revenue Services Commissioner Kevin B. Sullivan said in the release. “We constantly remind our employees of the consequences. I am always shocked and disappointed when it happens to any taxpayer.”