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(KSL News) A stolen laptop could cost the Utah Department of Workforce Services $80,000.
That's how much DWS estimates it might have to pay for credit reports for customers whose personal information was stored on that laptop.
The laptop was left inside an employee's unlocked car. It contained more than 2,300 names and Social Security numbers.
Right now, DWS isn't releasing from where the laptop was stolen, but says it was in a small town outside of Salt Lake. "If a small town thief has a laptop, he or she thinks they have a laptop. If we say where it came from we'll prompt that individual to say, ‘Wow, I can get in there and so some damage or sell the information,' or something like that," explained Curt Steward from DWS.
Stewart says the worker has been disciplined for violating department policy on taking work home containing personal information.