The Internal Revenue Service is facing a class action lawsuit alleging that more than 60 million personal medical records were improperly seized by agents from the embattled agency.
According to a story by Courthousenews.com,
an unnamed healthcare provider in California is suing the IRS and 15
unnamed agents, alleging that they improperly seized some 60 million
medical records of 10 million Americans, including medical records of
all California state judges on March 11, 2011.
According to the complaint,
the IRS agents had a search warrant for financial data pertaining to a
former employee of the “John Doe Company,” however, “it did not
authorize any seizure of any healthcare or medical record of any
persons, least of all third parties completely unrelated to the matter.”
The medical records included information on psychological counseling,
gynecological counseling, sexual and drug treatment, and other
sensitive medical treatment data, the suit alleges. A copy of the legal
complaint can be purchased here for $35.
“This is an action involving the corruption and abuse of power by several Internal Revenue Service agents,” the complaint reads. (Continues)