Watershed Management employees shaken up over ID theft and tax fraud. The city is now investigating to see how their private information was breached. There's no evidence yet it was a City breach.
1Alive's Center for Investigative Action has uncovered a very suspicious case of identity theft involving several employees in Atlanta's Watershed Management. It raises a lot of cases about a possible data breach.
ATLANTA -- 11Alive's Center for Investigative Action has uncovered a very suspicious case of identity theft involving several employees in Atlanta's Watershed Management. It raises a lot of cases about a possible data breach.
There's no evidence yet to suggest the breach occurred within the city, but it's suspect, considering that so many employees in one department have been victimized.
We started hearing about this from Watershed Management employees this week who tried to file tax returns, only to discover their identity had been stolen and someone else had filed tax returns in their name and received their refunds. We learned that several employees immediately went to the nearby Zone 3 police department to file police reports, where they ran into co-workers with the same problem. We immediately dug in and got Watershed Management to investigate.
In an email statement Watershed Management has now confirmed up to 25 employees have been affected. Further stating: "While we are not aware of any data breach that would lead to the theft of employee identities, these reports nonetheless concern us. As a result, the city's Department of Law has opened an investigation."
We reached out to the Mayor's office, which is monitoring the situation, to see if other city department employees have been affected. We're told right now the investigation is limited to Watershed Management. The employees we talked to are shaken up by it and have been reluctant to talk to us, on camera, but we are continuing to investigate.