A state investigation has found that nearly four dozen New Jersey Division of Taxation employees improperly looked at the tax records of their co-workers.

Four workers have been suspended without pay and face being fired, while another has resigned.

State Treasury spokesman Andy Pratt says auditors are trying to determine why 46 workers snooped on their colleagues. He says the investigation began in September after the department received a tip.

Pratt says no evidence was presented of any worker improperly looking at returns of anyone outside the tax department.  

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