An Internal Revenue Service employee has been sentenced to one year's probation for improperly accessing tax information about one of his acquaintances.

U.S. District Judge Mark R. Kravitz imposed the probationary sentence on IRS officer Christopher Supple, 41, also ordering him to perform 100 hours of community service and pay a fine of $1,000. When he pleaded guilty on Feb. 13, 2008, Supple acknowledged that he had accessed the computer information deliberately and without proper authorization.

The incident occurred on Nov. 21, 2002. A Treasury Department internal investigation detected the unauthorized access in 2005. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration investigated and Assistant U.S. Attorney James Smart prosecuted the case.


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