Saturday, June 9, 2012

New York State Employee Sold Personal Information from State Systems to Identity Thieves

Another case of a government employee selling sensitive information about citizens to criminals. In this case, an employee of the New York State Office of Children and Family Services sold personal information about multiple people to an outside party that used the information for identity theft.

The government employee's breach of data privacy was discovered when one of the identity theft victims reported to the local police that a credit card was opened in her name.

The District Attorney’s Office and investigators from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) followed a trail that eventually led back to the state employee.
"Identity theft is a serious crime that can have lasting negative effects on victims. An observant resident who reported identity theft and criminal impersonation to police led to the uncovering of a larger scheme that involved gross misuse of personal identifying documents." - Albany County District Attorney P. David Soares
The rogue employee was arraigned on one count of receiving a reward for official misconduct in the second degree. She is being held in lieu of $20,000 bail.
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(a) ID theft sting nabs state employee - Empire State News, June 8, 2012

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