New York Tax Worker Charged with Identity Theft

April 23, 2009

A former New York state tax department worker is accused of stealing the identities of taxpayers and running up more than $200,000 in fraudulent charges on their accounts.

Prosecutors say the confidential information gathered by Walter Healey included credit card and Social Security numbers. The illicit charges are dated between 2006 and 2008.

Healey faces four counts of identity theft, as well as unlawful possession of personal identification, tampering with public records and misconduct charges.

The 63-year-old Troy resident, who says he’s retired and last worked in October, pleaded not guilty Wednesday. He and his lawyer, George LaMarche (La-marsh), declined further comment. A judge set bail at $5,000.

The case was brought by Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.

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