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Thousands of files containing social security numbers discovered in dumpster

By Heather Mathis
By hmathis@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn.- Thousands of files containing social security numbers, addresses and birth dates are discovered in a dumpster, Wednesday afternoon.

WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News received a phone call from the owner of the La Paree apartments, Paul Mundt, around 1:30 p.m. after he said he found the boxes in the dumpster.

"I'm just guessing somewhere in the range of 1,500 to 2,000 past employee's they've had and are in the files. Someone just decided to dump them out throw them out," Mundt said.

The boxes contain files from a company called People's Resources, a closed employment agency in Jackson. Most of the files are from the 90s.

"I don't think it's right," said resident Rodney Dotson.

Jackson police told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News there were too many files for them to destroy themselves. Waste Management took the files to a landfill.

Officers say technically no criminal law was broken by throwing out the sensitive files. According to investigators, there is only a civil statute saying all personal information must be destroyed.

Officers told us they are unsure if they will investigate further.
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