According to a lawsuit filed by an unnamed healthcare provider, the IRS illegally seized 60 million medical records in 2011.
The IRS had obtained a search warrant to obtain the financial records of one person. By the time IRS agents were through, they not only acquired that individual’s financial records but they also seized the medical records of 10 million US citizens. Nothing in the warrant gave the IRS agents permission to access or seize any medical records.
A UPI report on the lawsuit stated:
“Despite knowing that these medical records were not within the scope of the warrant, defendants threatened to ‘rip’ the servers containing the medical data out of the building if IT personnel would not voluntarily hand them over.”
If proven that the medical files were seized illegally, the IRS could also be facing charges of violating medical privacy laws. Additionally, IRS agents are accused of seizing workers’ cell phone and telephone records, which were also not covered in the search warrant.
In the lawsuit, the IRS is being charged with being invasive, unlawful and that they stole personal medical records that contained how people were being treated and the therapy they were receiving for various medical ailments. The healthcare provider filing the suit is asking for $25,000 compensatory damages per violation. If each medical record seized is considered a violation, which in fact it should be, that would equate to a possible $250 billion judgment.
In the past 2 weeks, we have been learning more and more about just how corrupt the IRS has become. They operate as if they are above the law and untouchable, allowing them to do anything and bully anyone around that they want.
I believe that this is the time for someone like Sen. Rand Paul to come and push for a complete overhaul of the federal income tax system along with the IRS. With the integrity of the IRS being challenged in multiple scandals, the time has never been riper for a push to overhaul the system.