Lawyer Accuses State of Privacy Breach in D-SNAP Investigation

Social Security numbers of state workers were exposed, a lawyer said.


An attorney representing some of the state workers accused of defrauding a federal program said his clients' personal information has been exposed.

Richard Rochlin is accusing the state of making a breach of privacy by releasing the Social Security numbers of state employees who are being investigated for defrauding the D-SNAP food assistance program in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene.

"We cannot accept this type of behavior from this administration," Rochlin said.

The state subpoenaed bank records of the accused state workers and then released the information to other state employees under investigation, according to Rochlin. Those workers could see the names of other state employees under investigation as well as their Social Security numbers, Rochlin said.

Gov. Dannel Malloy's chief legal counsel, Andrew McDonald, said the administration did nothing wrong. He said when the workers applied for the federal money, they gave consent to release their information so that it could be verified for eligibility.

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