- Associated Press - Friday, November 6, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The state Department of Revenue Services says it has arrested a former employee on accusations he gained unauthorized access to confidential taxpayer information.

Officials said Friday that Colin S. Smith of Windsor was arrested on 12 counts each of computer crime and unauthorized inspection of tax return information. Authorities say the 46-year-old Smith used his DRS computer to tap into confidential taxpayer information that was not required for his job.

Smith was an employee in the agency’s audit and compliance division.

It was not known Friday if he is represented by a lawyer and he did not immediately return a call to his home seeking comment.

Revenue Commissioner Kevin Sullivan said it was an isolated incident.

Smith was released on $20,000 bond. His next scheduled court appearance is Nov. 30.

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