IN: Loan paperwork discovered in Mishawaka shopping center trash

Jim Meenan of South Bend Tribune reports that 80 files containing detailed personal and financial information on loan applications were found in a dumpster:

There, right before his eyes, were files of loan applications, complete with names, Social Security numbers and even bank account numbers. Some files were thin, about 10 pages, others an inch or two thick.

Tax returns, copies of checks, credit reports, good-faith estimates, signed disclosure notices, certificates of survey — all were among the files.

The attorney general’s office is investigating. Indiana’s laws cover paper breaches as well as electronic ones.

It is not clear where the files came from. Because Beneficial, whose parent company is HSBC, has an office in front of the receptacles, they are looking into the matter. Beneficial closed its office earlier this quarter.

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