California District Employees Become Victims of Identity Theft

Oakland Unified School District employees claim thieves have used their names to order credit cards or for tax IDs.

OAKLAND, Calif. – Oakland Unified School District plans to spend $150,000 to purchase identity theft protection for its employees.

Unsecured documents containing 80 years of files were left in a former administration building that OUSD vacated after a flood in January 2013. When the building was deemed unfit for further use, district officials began moving the paperwork and equipment; however, the transport has been slow, Mercury News reports.

As a result, five district employees have reported that their identities or financial accounts had been compromised, prompting district officials to try to amend the situation. Victims say that thieves have used their names to order credit cards or for tax IDs.

More employees are now coming forward, saying that they also might have been affected. The district has hired a third-party company to investigate the claims.

No student records have been compromised.

The district has purchased identity theft protection for two years of coverage and benefits from Identity Fraud Inc.

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