Saturday, July 30, 2011

Social Security Employee Steals Personal Information for Identity Theft


A US Attorney charged a Social Security service representative with accessing the Social Security database for purposes unrelated to her job function.

The service representative at the West Memphis, Arkansas office allegedly passed the personally identifiable information (PII) on to another person who used it to commit identity theft.
"Identity theft is a serious crime. Government employees with access to personal identification information have a duty to the citizens of this Country to protect that information." - Christopher R. Thyer, US Attorney, Eastern District of Arkansas
The Social Security Administration employee appeared before the Honorable J. Thomas Ray on July 20th for an initial appearance. She was released on her own recognizance. The case will be presented to the next grand jury for indictment.
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A complaint contains only allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Sources:
(a) West Memphis Social Security Administration Employee Arrested On Federal Complaint - United States Attorney Office for the Eastern District of Arkansas, July 20, 2011
(b) SSA Employee Leaks Dozens of Social Security Numbers - Channel 3 News, July 29, 2011


1 comment:

Alan Norquist - CEO of Veriphyr - Gartner "Cool Vendor" for 2011 said...

As of September 1st there is no further news on the Social Security administration employee alleged to have stolen personal information. But it is not uncommon for it to take a while between a charge and an indictment.

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