A former Michigan Department of Treasury employee was arrested and charged with two felonies for viewing victim’s tax return information.
Treasury employees complete yearly training warning them not to view tax returns for any purpose other than completing their job.
Despite the annual warnings Casey Sawyer accessed highly secured data systems to view confidential tax and personal information about Michigan taxpayers.
Sawyer was charged with a felony count of Unauthorized Disclosure of Tax Information which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine as well as a felony count of Using a Computer to Commit a Crime with a maximum sentence of seven years and a $5,000 fine.
Charges filed today follow an investigation led by the Michigan Attorney General’s Office and the Michigan Department of Treasury.
“While it’s disgraceful a state employee appears to have taken advantage of her position to illegally obtain confidential information, I am incredibly proud of the work the team of investigators did to bring this case to light,” said Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel.
Sawyer worked at the Michigan Department of Treasury from 1997 until 2018.
“Those who use their positions for illegal personal gain will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” said State Treasurer Rachael Eubanks.
She was arraigned in the 56th District Court in Eaton County and given a $500 bond.