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By The Associated Press
Friday, March 22, 2013, 9:39 p.m.

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service admitted on Friday that it was a mistake for employees to use an agency studio in Maryland to film a “Star Trek” parody.

The six-minute film was shown at the opening of a 2010 training and leadership conference but does not appear to have any training value.

The video features an elaborate set depicting the bridge of the starship Enterprise. IRS workers portray the characters.

The IRS said the video did not “reflect the best stewardship of resources.”

The film was released Friday because investigators from the House Ways and Means Committee requested it.

The IRS says the video, along with a “Gilligan's Island” training video, cost about $60,000.

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