The Internal Revenue Service is facing a fresh backlash from Congress after destroying a hard drive from a former employee whose documents were subject to a legal investigation.
The hard drive belonged to Samuel Maruca, formerly the director of transfer pricing of the IRS’s Large Business and International Division. Last week, the IRS admitted it had accidentally destroyed the hard drive, even though some of the files on it were subject to a court’s document preservation notice in an ongoing Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against Microsoft. The IRS said the hard drive “was inadvertently not captured by the litigation hold for these cases,” and thus was “sanitized” in April 2015 while the litigation was pending.
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