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City of Thomasville admits to releasing employees’ Social Security numbers

THOMASVILLE, N.C. – The city of Thomasville spent $22,000 this week to provide its employees with credit fraud protection.

City manager Kelly Craver told FOX8 the city accidentally released 269 employees’ Social Security numbers to someone who put in a public record request for employee salaries.

The documents were then posted on a Facebook page.

Craver said he was made aware of the post Sunday morning and it was taken down by about 2 p.m.

To make sure all employees’ information is safe, the city is providing them with credit and fraud protection for two years. The money used to pay for that will come out of the city’s general fund.

“We are certainly sorry for this mishap,” Craver said. “We have put measures in place and changed forms to make certain that this doesn’t happen again.”

FOX8 reached out to the attorney general’s office to see if sharing the social security numbers is illegal. We were told that governments cannot intentionally give out that kind of information.

As for the person who posted it online, the attorney general’s office says it would need more information to figure out if they were in the wrong.