Three Home Depot employees in Atlanta, Georgia were arrested after they allegedly stole employee information. The Atlanta Journal Constitution stated that three employees allegedly stole personal information from their fellow coworkers.
Stephen Holmes, the Director of Corporate Communications at Home Depot said in a statement, “Our corporate security, IT security and legal teams quickly investigated the matter and notified law enforcement, and the three associates were subsequently arrested.”
WSBTV has identified the three employees as Claudette Grimes, her daughter, also an employee, Lakisha Grimes, and Paulette Shorter. Police say that all three were arrested on fraud charges and later released on bond.
Home Depot Corporate Security began looking into this incident after an email was found that had been sent from Claudette Grimes’ Home Depot account that held an attachment containing the personal employment information of more than 300 Home Depot employees. The information included employee birth dates and Social Security numbers.
Police told reporters that Home Depot quickly notified them of the crime and shortly after, the three accused employees were fired. Home Depot did notify employees’ about the incident through a statement.
They told employees that the three who were fired for allegedly stealing employee information were three individuals in a position of trust, “which they abused”. These individuals were described in the statement as “three rogue HR associates who had authorized access to personal information to perform their jobs.” According to WSBTW, the rest of the statement reads as follows:
“Our corporate security, IT security and legal teams quickly investigated the matter and notified law enforcement, and the three associates were subsequently arrested. We have notified and provided free credit monitoring to the approximately 300 current and former associates and a few hiring candidates referenced in the complaint. Out of an abundance of caution and looking at the universe of those whose information might have been exposed – which we believe is between 10 and 20 thousand – we’ll notify others as needed. The security of anyone’s personal information is something we take extremely seriously, and we move aggressively to investigate and act on any questionable activity, no matter how large or small an incident might be. That’s what we did in this case, and will continue to do moving forward.”
Brent Brown, the CEO of Chesley Brown Companies says that security breaches such as these can go unnoticed for days, even months. “They are doing it in such a way that sometimes the breach goes unnoticed for days, months, maybe even longer, that is the scary part.”
No further information regarding court dates for the three Home Depot employees has been released at this time.