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 ArkansasThe 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.
Learn how an online service proactively detects unauthorized breaches of personal data, even by authorized insiders- with no hardware and no on-site software.A complaint contains only allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
(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