5,051 records with personal info of Virginia vets discovered in fired ex-Veteran Services employee’s storage unit
There’s a follow-up to a breach first disclosed in October. Mark Bowes reports:
More than 5,000 “personally identifiable” records of Virginia veterans – including nearly 700 benefit claims that went unfiled, were filed late or missing key documents – were included in boxes of paperwork discovered in the storage unit of a fired Virginia Department of Veterans Services employee who worked at the agency’s benefits office at McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center.[…]
Because of the ongoing criminal probe, Veterans Services has not contacted the employee who the agency fired on Aug. 25, 2015, a little over a year before the records were discovered in her storage unit. They were mixed with the employee’s personal papers and possessions.
Consequently, agency officials don’t have any explanation why the documents – dated between 2011 and mid-2015 – were hoarded in her storage unit. Ninety percent were from the 2013 and 2014 time frame, Herthel said.
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