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Former state employee allegedly stole personal info of 6,300 other state employees

Staff Report • Dec 20, 2013 at 11:41 AM

NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation overnight arrested a former state employee for identity theft trafficking after he allegedly sent personal information of approximately 6,300 Nashville Metro School teachers and state employees to his personal email account.

Authorities arrested Steven Hunter, 24, of Hermitage, Thursday night, booking him into the Davidson County Jail on a $10,000 bond. He has since posted bond and been released from jail.

The Tennessee Department of Treasury hired Hunter in July 2013 and discovered that Hunter emailed names, addresses and Social Security numbers from his state email account to his personal email account last week.

After TBI seized his computer from his home, a forensic analysis of the computer showed Hunter had researched selling social security numbers and read about individuals arrested for identity theft.

TBI does not have any evidence that Hunter has disseminated any of the personal information he obtained