Individual Sentenced for Unauthorized Access to a Computer
On November 14, 2011, in California, Valerie Walker was sentenced to 12 months’ probation, fined $1,000, and ordered to pay a $25 special assessment fee for accessing private information on a work computer without authorization. 
According to court documents, while employed at the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) as a Senior Compliance Representative, Walker exceeded her authority by intentionally accessing private taxpayer information. 
The electronically stored Federal tax information was provided to the FTB by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). 
Walker researched Federal tax returns, Social Security Numbers and addresses of seven individuals when she had no legitimate business reason to do so.