A federal grand jury indicted 10 people at a private investigator's office, charging them with a scheme to obtain confidential information on more than 12,000 citizens across the country, including their tax, medical and employment information, by posing as employees of the Internal Revenue Service, the Social Security Administration, doctor's offices and other businesses.

Workers at BNT Investigations in Belfair, Wash., would telephone employees in an attempt to convince them to provide the confidential information. The defendants would call the IRS impersonating a taxpayer and ask for past tax returns, claiming that a bookkeeper was being investigated for embezzlement.

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