The confidential files of six Wisconsin residents who had sought Social Security disability benefits were lost for months, as were documents from seven other files, after a Social Security employee took them home to work on them.
In a bizarre twist, the mother of one applicant received an anonymous call in November 2006 from a man who had "very specific" information on her son's medical condition, records show. The caller told her that his Social Security file, along with others, had been found in a downtown Milwaukee dumpster, according to federal investigative reports.
In addition to private medical information, the files include Social Security numbers, addresses and phone numbers of family members, dates of birth and work historyall of which could be used by identity thieves.
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