Library of Congress executive plunders employee data for ID theft

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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?

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3 Responses to “Library of Congress executive plunders employee data for ID theft”

  1. Milly says:

    I just don’t know what kind of person could steal the identities of the people that they work with. I mean you would get to see them distraught over their lose of credit and identity. It takes a real monster to steal someone’s identity and watch them as they squirm.

  2. Tom says:

    I guess there is no integrity anymore. The reason that a company like LifeLock exists is because people aren’t honest or have integrity anymore. I mean there has always been thieves and robbers, but it seems that now more than ever we have seen a downfall of that sort of thing.

  3. Jason Williams says:

    The real shame here is that theft like this will continue to happen again and again. The only deterrent is human honesty and ethics and those are shrinking day by day. Just like Tom mentioned, there is no integrity anymore which means there will only be a proliferation of crimes like this in the future.

    It’s sad to think about.

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