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April 28, 2023

Internal Revenue Service Employee Sentenced for Unlawfully Accessing Taxpayers’ Return Information

On March 23, 2023, in the Eastern District of California, Internal Revenue Service (IRS) employee Paula Salcedo pled guilty to an unauthorized inspection of returns or return information. Salcedo was sentenced to probation for 12 months and a fine of $1,000 with a special assessment of $25. On March 14, 2019, Salcedo attempted to conduct a search of her son’s father, with whom she had an ongoing child custody dispute; however, she accessed information of another individual with the same name. Beginning on or about July 18, 2019, Salcedo accessed Federal tax information of six individuals she knew personally, as well as the information of their dependents, spouses, and parents. In total, Salcedo made unauthorized accesses to IRS records pertaining to 72 people.

Source:  The facts in this case narrative come from the following publicly available documents: E.D. Cal., Crim., Compl., filed March 9, 2022; and E.D. Cal., Judgment, filed March 23, 2023.