Another IRS employee is in trouble, the third one this month alone.
First, there was the case of Edith Squillace, an IRS "contact representative" indicted by a federal grand jury on charges that she tried to back out of repaying a loan by threatening to have her benefactor audited.
Then, IRS revenue officer Mark Claybrooks was indicted by the feds for allegedly urging people who owed taxes to refinance with a mortgage company for which he worked. From 2003 to 2005, Claybrooks, who worked for the IRS in Walnut Creek, was also employed by Faith Mortgage Group in Antioch, refinancing personal-residence loans. Claybrooks received more than $20,000 from Faith Mortgage in exchange for referring at least two people to Faith Mortgage, the indictment said. Claybrooks pleaded not guilty Thursday.
Now, Willie Wilcox, an IRS revenue officer in San Rafael who also worked for Faith Mortgage, is accused of divulging information he had obtained "in the course of his employment and official duties" to at least two people, according to court documents recently filed in U.S. District Court in Oakland.
Wilcox is facing only a misdemeanor charge of "disclosure of confidential information," while the two others are facing felonies.