Updated: 01/15/2013 10:22 PM KSTP.com By: Jay Kolls
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says the employee no longer works at the DNR and the agency is taking steps to make sure the security breach doesn't happen again.
A DNR spokesperson says the employee, over several years, improperly accessed the private information of driver's license records of 5-thousand people. The DNR says it does not believe the information was sold or used to commit illegal acts.
Still, the DNR sent a letter to all 5,000 victims apologizing for the breach of trust. The letter also tells people to check their credit and watch for signs of possible identity theft.
Even though the DNR does not think the information was used for nefarious purposes, they have turned the case over the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for possible criminal charges.
The DNR would not comment on whether the employee resigned, or was terminated. The agency will not disclose the former employee's gender or the department where he or she worked.