Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Pennsylvania Glitch Releases Social Security Numbers Of Welfare Recipients
Paper jams in a mail-inserting machine caused 2,845 welfare benefit renewal packets to go to the wrong Pennsylvania welfare clients' homes, and nearly half included the Social Security numbers of the intended recipients.
Letters were mailed Monday by the state Department of Public Welfare informing the affected clients scattered across the state of the error, said department spokeswoman Stacey Witalec.
Last year, within a six-month span, the Welfare Department experienced two thefts of state-owned computers and the state Department of Aging had a computer stolen, resulting in thousands of Pennsylvanians' personal information being exposed.
In those instances, potential victims of identity theft were not alerted to the problems until two to three weeks after the fact.
The governor of Pennsylvania is Ed Rendell, and he's a Democrat, so this is ALL HIS FAULT!
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