An Ohio appeals court ruling makes it possible for Cynthia Lambert to sue an elected official. Lambert tried – and failed—to sue Greg Hartmann, Hamilton County Clerk of Courts, when her identity was stolen, and her credit and finances were left in ruins.
Cynthia Lambert’s identity theft nightmare started with a speeding ticket she received in 2003. The Hamilton County Clerk of Courts posted her speeding ticket on their website, according to county policy. Anyone viewing the website had access to her name, address, Social Security number, birth date and other personal information.
Lambert’s ID theft led to her being billed for $20,000 in fraudulent purchases, 4% of the $500,000 in total purchases made by Traci Sutherland. Sutherland admitted that she was part of a crime ring that used the website to steal more than 100 identities, and was convicted for her crimes.
Hartmann has since shut down the website that was such a pot of gold for identity thieves. However, the Clerk of Courts’ office continues to post other documents that expose personal information. Hartmann said that to block that information would cost millions of dollars.
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