From the clerk at your favorite store to your mail carrier, dozens of people have access to your sensitive personal information on a regular basis. Here are several recent cases of workers accused of using their jobs as an opportunity to line their pockets via ID theft.
Saks Employees Accused of Operating ID Theft Ring
Five Saks Fifth Avenue employees allegedly used stolen customer information to buy and resell $400,000 worth of designer goods, the New York Times reports.
Authorities say accused ringleader Tamara Williams allegedly gave customer Social Security numbers, dates of birth and credit card numbers to at least four other employees who then used the information to buy expensive designer shoes and bags chosen by Williams.
Williams and co-defendants Kriss Rockson, Jason Chance, Alaia Harrison and Michael Knight-Williams allegedly sold the goods on the black market, kept them or returned them for store gift cards, according to prosecutors.
All await trial on 66 counts that include grand larceny, identity theft and scheme to defraud.
State Employee Faces 10 Years for ID Theft Targeting Teens
A former Alabama state employee pleaded guilty to stealing identities on the job as part of a tax scam, AL.com reports.
Prosecutors say Tamika Floyd gave names and other personal data she obtained from state computers to a co-conspirator who used them to file more than 3,000 false tax returns claiming more than $7.5 million in refunds. Most of the victims were teenagers.
Floyd pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the United States and aggravated identity theft. At sentencing she faces up to 10 years in prison for the conspiracy charge and a mandatory 2 years for the identity theft charge, in addition to restitution and up to $250,000 in fines.
Postal Worker Charged with Stealing 10K Pieces of Mail
An Oregon letter carrier has been accused of stealing more than 10,000 pieces of mail, according to the Oregonian.
The stolen mail was discovered in a storage unit linked to postal worker John Paul Osburn after the unit's contents were put up for auction due to unpaid rent.
Authorities say Osburn admitted to stealing mail that included credit cards, checks and medicine that he was supposed to deliver on his route. More than 10,000 pieces of mail, methamphetamine and a loaded semi-automatic weapon were discovered after searches of his storage unit, car and home.
Osburn is being charged with mail theft and identity theft along with a methamphetamine possession count and a weapons charge. His girlfriend and alleged accomplice Shawna Marie Barrett is being held on similar charges.
Corrections Employee Sentenced for Attempted ID Theft
A California state employee was sentenced to 210 days in jail for using government computers to get personal data that could be used for identity theft, the Sacramento Bee reports.
Matthew Shadle was an analyst with California Correctional Health Care Services. Authorities say their investigation indicated that Shadle duplicated files containing the identifying information of co-workers and used state computers to look for ways to commit identity theft.
In addition to jail time, Shadle was sentenced to five years probation after pleading no contest to unlawfully accessing and removing information from government computers and possessing identifying information with the intent to defraud.
AT&T Worker Causes Data Breach Affecting 1,600 Users
An AT&T employee gained unauthorized access to personal data for 1,600 customers in Vermont, according to Reuters.
The company has notified federal authorities and fired the employee. According to a letter from AT&T posted on the Vermont Attorney General's website, those affected will receive free credit monitoring for a year.