CT tax worker arrested in data breach

A Connecticut tax collector faces felony charges that could land him in jail for as long as six years for allegedly using his work computer to look up tax returns on about 15 taxpayers without a legitimate business need, authorities say.

Adrian Nelson, 33, of Windsor was arrested Friday at Department of Revenue Services’ Hartford headquarters at 25 Sigourney St., officials said.

Nelson is charged with one count for each of the confidential tax returns he allegedly breached and with computer crime in the third degree, the DRS said.


The agency said its investigation has not uncovered any evidence the information was used for any additional purposes.

The agency said the 15 taxpayers are being notified by priority mail about the breach. They will be offered two years of free identity theft protection, DRS said.

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