The House Energy and Commerce Committee sent a letter Tuesday to acting IRS Administrator Daniel Werfel asking for the circumstances surrounding the seizure of 60 million medical records at a California health care provider.
The IRS seized more than 10 million US patients’ medical information in an enormous overreach of a warrant concerning a former employees’ financial records.
Werfel has until June 25th to respond, but given the government’s track record, the deadline will pass unnoticed.
Fox News has asked the IRS for a comment but has not received a response as of Wednesday.
Details of the story were posted on the Sentinel May 16th:
A lawsuit filed in the Superior Court of San Diego by Robert Barnes, a Malibu lawyer representing a corporate client named John Doe Co., charged that IRS agents raided the company on March 11, 2011, in a tax case and seized millions of medical records.
They claim that agents stole more than 60,000,000 medical records of more than 10,000,000 Americans, including at least 1,000,000 Californians. They further claim they were taken without a subpoena or a court order. The IRS went way beyond a warrant they had and they knew they did so, in violation of the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution.
People will be happy to know that this won’t be illegal after Obamacare is fully implemented. The IRS will control all our personal and financial information and they won’t need a court order to do it by law. Read about it at this link.
The suit alleges:
These medical records contained intimate and private information of more than 10,000,000 Americans, information that by its nature includes information about treatment for any kind of medical concern, including psychological counseling, gynecological counseling, sexual or drug treatment, and a wide range of medical matters covering the most intimate and private of concerns.
The IRS was put on notice and refused to return the records. The seizure affects one out of every 25 adult Americans.
The lawsuit also accuses the IRS agent in charge of having a history of criminal activity.
The records included patients’ treatments for psychological concerns, familial concerns, sexual concerns, drug and alcohol concerns, and concerns for celebrities including actors, CEO’s, and athletes.
The medical records facility raided, which is a HIPPA secure facility, was not under investigation and the IRS knew it.
The agents “seized personal mobile phones, including all the data and information on those phones, without any employing [sic] the proper and procedurally correct screening methods to protect private and privileged information, all of which was completely unapproved by the search warrant.”