Authorities are investigating a data breach at a Utah DMV where an employee allegedly gave personal information about private citizens and then used that information to commit crimes.
The investigation began last year with Salt Lake City firefighters, who were looking into a suspicious car fire in a Rose Park neighborhood. Lexie Atencio said she accidentally cut off a woman driving a pickup down her street, which quickly escalated into a road rage incident.
Atencio said she awoke in the middle of the night to find her car had been burned outside her home. A neighbor provided a description of a car seen nearby, matching the one involved in the road rage incident earlier, she said.
Salt Lake City Fire Marshal Martha Ellis said investigators got a tip that a woman involved in the fire worked at the DMV, and they brought her in for questioning.
A search warrant recently unsealed and obtained by FOX 13 News states that after being given her Miranda rights, the woman “admitted to using her computer access, as an employee of the Utah State Division of Motor Vehicles to illegally acquire personal information about private citizens.”
“She admitted to then disseminating that information to specific individuals for the sole purpose and with the understanding the information would be used to commit crimes against the unsuspecting private citizen,” a fire investigator wrote in an affidavit filed with the warrant.
“I believe she stated she’s been doing it for 14 years,” Ellis said.