HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Department of Taxation (DOTAX) has placed a number of its employees on administrative leave without pay after an audit uncovered internal security breaches.
The Department of Taxation says it was conducting a comprehensive evaluation of its processes and systems, including an audit of its security systems and internal controls.
During the audit, DOTAX uncovered incidents of internal security breaches of the Department's computer tax database that have occurred as far back as 2008.
In a news release, DOTAX says the incidents were immediately referred to the Department of the Attorney General for review and investigation.
"Protecting the integrity of tax records is a serious matter," said Tax Director Fred Pablo. "The possibility of wrongful actions are extremely disturbing, which is why these matters were immediately reported to the Attorney General."
"To the extent that any wrongful activity has taken place, anyone who has participated in or has had knowledge of these activities that date back to at least 2008 will be brought to account," said Governor Neil Abercrombie. "The Department of Taxation and the Department of the Attorney General will be taking the necessary actions as deemed appropriate."
DOTAX says the pending investigation prevents the Department from issuing any further statements at this time.
We will have more on this developing story on Hawaii News Now.