Treasury Dept. Alerts MNPS Teachers Of Possible Information Theft
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Treasury sent out an alert to active teachers in the Metropolitan Nashville Public School System of a possible theft of personal information.
The alert was issued Saturday to 6,300 active Metro Nashville teachers who participated in the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System.
Officials with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation confirmed Friday that Steven Hunter, a former Department of Treasury employee, was being investigated after Treasury officials discovered he sent an email with personal information from his state email account to a personal email account.
According to investigators, the information included Social Security numbers, full names, dates of birth and home addresses of more than 6,000 active Metro Nashville teachers.
The TBI said the incident was made apparent after Hunter resigned from his position on Thursday.
Treasury officials said the contents of the file were apparently not sent to any other person.
"We believe this is an isolated incident," said Treasurer David H. Lillard. "We continually stress to our employees that they must follow department policies and procedures in handling sensitive information collected for the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System. This individual violated the public trust by downloading information to his personal e-mail account, regardless of his intentions."
Students in the Academy of Energy and Power at Maplewood are busy getting ready for next week's Project Expo and had the opportunity to show it off some of their projects to Tennessee Congressman Jim Cooper.