OR: Central City Concern admits some fault after clients’ data stolen

KOIN reports:

The executive director of Central City Concern (CCC) admitted Tuesday more could have been done to protect personal information that a former employee is now accused of stealing as part of a scheme to file fake tax returns.

“I think we should have done more at that point,” said CCC Executive Director Ed Blackburn. “Unfortunately, it’s a feature of modern life that these things occur, and it’s not a pleasant thing to have happen to you.”

According to a U.S. Department of Justice investigation, an employee who worked from 2010 to 2013 at CCC, a non-profit in Portland that works with people struggling with homelessness, poverty and addictions, was stealing identities and social security numbers.

The employee then used that information as part of a scheme to file fake tax returns in the clients’ names.

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