Disciplinary process ‘not over’ in tax-records snooping case, treasurer says

TRENTON – State Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff told the Senate Budget Committee today that the disciplinary process is “well under way” following an investigation that found that almost 50 employees have been accused of unauthorized access to co-workers’ confidential tax records.

“After receiving a tip, our investigators followed up, reviewed the audit trails on our system, and identified several potential violations involving unauthorized access to co-workers’ information,” Sidamon-Eristoff said. “The disciplinary process is now well under way. Four individuals have been dismissed, and one has resigned. The process is not over.”

The treasurer testified today before the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, and began his remarks addressing the tax snooping incident.

Sidamon-Eristoff said there is no information to suggest that any of the incidents involved taxpayers outside of the department, or that any confidential information was “leaked or transferred outside the division.”

A spokesperson for the Department of Treasury told the Associated Press that there is no criminal probe under way.

Disciplinary process ‘not over’ in tax-records snooping case, treasurer says