A former Internal Revenue Service official was arrested and charged with illegally exposing the identity of a whistleblower who reported tax compliance problems by an international bank to the IRS.

Dennis Lerner was charged last Thursday with violating conflict of interest laws while working as an IRS employee and continuing to do so after leaving the IRS. Lerner was also charged with improperly disclosing confidential IRS information, including information regarding pending audits and the identity of an IRS whistleblower. He was arrested Thursday at his residence in Edgewater, N.J., and appeared that day in Manhattan federal court before Magistrate Judge Gabriel W. Gorenstein.

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