IRS Worker Charged With Accessing Celebrities' Accounts

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An Internal Revenue Service employee has been charged in Kentucky with a misdemeanor for allegedly improperly accessing the IRS accounts of celebrities and sports figures.

The U.S. attorney's office for the Eastern District of Kentucky says 56-year-old John Snyder was arrested Thursday and arraigned in federal court in Covington.

The prosecutor's office says the case involves nearly 200 celebrities, including Kevin Bacon, Alec Baldwin, Sally Field, Chevy Chase, Randy Quaid and Tara Reid, as well as Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis and former Cincinnati Reds players.

According to a statement from U.S. Attorney James Zerhusen's office, court documents allege that from 2003 until this year, Snyder improperly accessed the IRS accounts, which also allegedly included Snyder's next-door neighbor. Snyder has been with the IRS since 1991.

A Reds spokesman declined to comment because it's a legal matter. A Bengals spokesman didn't immediately return calls seeking comment from the coach.