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Former State Employee Accused Of Emailing Personal Info

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A former employee of the Tennessee Department of Treasury has been arrested for allegedly emailing personal information belonging to 6,300 Metro teachers.

Steven Hunter, age 24, was arrested Thursday night and charged with identity theft trafficking.

The arrest comes after the Tennessee Department of Treasury notified Metro Nashville teachers on December 14 that their personal information may have been compromised because a former Treasury employee sent an email with the information to an unencrypted personal computer. The file contained personal information such as Social Security numbers and addresses of 6,300 Metro teachers.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation raided his home in Hermitage last Friday night and seized computers containing the information. The TBI said he had also had done web searches on how to sell social security numbers, and he had numerous articles on people who had been arrested for identity theft.

Following his arrest, he told police he never sold any of the information and the TBI said they do not have any evidence that he disseminated the information.

Hunter had been hired in July to contact vendors doing business with the state of Tennessee, and was in charge of entering personal information of city, state and county employees.

Hunter was booked into the Davidson County Jail and released on $10,000 bond Thursday night.

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(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)
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