A Nashville man who worked for a contractor that provides child support services to the state will spend 42 months in prison for selling stolen Social Security numbers to an undercover agent, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a release.
Steven K. Gilmore, 29, pleaded guilty in October to a 10-count indictment charging him with identity theft, aggravated identity theft and access device fraud.
Gilmore previously had been employed by Policy Studies Inc., a private company that contracts with the Tennessee Department of Human Services to provide child support services for Davidson County. Gilmore had access to personal identification information by virtue of his employment.
According to testimony at Gilmore’s plea hearing, on three dates between October 2008 and March 2009, Gilmore sold to an informant for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation the names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers of 35 individuals. On April 1, 2009, he sold approximately 1,143 stolen Social Security numbers and approximately 1,604 stolen bank account numbers to an undercover TBI agent and received $2,800 in cash.
Law enforcement authorities believe that Gilmore sold personal identification information only to representatives of law enforcement and that all of the personal identification information stolen by Gilmore has been recovered.
Gilmore’s former employer, Policy Studies Inc. spent approximately $47,500 to notify individuals whose information might have been compromised by Gilmore and to make free credit monitoring services available to those individuals.
In addition to the prison sentence, he was ordered to pay $47,500 in restitution to his former employer and serve three years of supervised release upon his release from prison.
“The corporate victim in this case acted swiftly and responsibly to notify the affected individuals so that the risk of harm could be minimized,” said U.S. Attorney Yarbrough. “Individuals who are tempted to steal and sell personal identification information should know that they will be caught and held accountable for their crimes.”