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Employers know a lot more about you than you know about them. Anyone with access to your human resources file has your name, address, phone number, date of birth, Social Security number, place of birth, credit history, work history, salary history and physical description.
But who are these people who hold all that information about you? If you’re unfortunate enough to be an employee of the Library of Congress, one of those people was William Sinclair.
Sinclair, a former personnel executive, was charged by information this week for using the library’s payroll records to steal at least 10 employees’ identities. He then passed the employee information to Labiska Gibbs, his cousin, who used it to obtain credit cards.
And then the cousins went shopping. The two charged more than $38,000 to the newly minted credit cards, according to court documents.
Sinclair could receive up to 20 years in prison if he’s convicted. Gibbs is looking at as much as 37 years behind bars because she was the one who actually obtained the fraudulent credit cards.
Your personal information lives a life of its own in hundreds of databases. Schools, employers, creditors, health-care providers, hospitals, marketers, cities, counties, states, nations—they all have your information. Don’t you ever wonder what they do with it, who has access to it or how they safeguard it?