Information of nearly 900 Pa. taxpayers on stolen laptop

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The state Department of Revenue says a laptop stolen from one of its auditors contained the personal information of nearly 900 taxpayers.

The department said it is mailing letters to 865 taxpayers whose information was on the laptop. The taxpayers will be provided with one year of free credit monitoring to guard against identity theft.

The laptop was one of four stolen from auditors in June while they were in San Francisco for a routine audit. The thieves smashed the windows of several parked vehicles, including the auditors’ locked rental vehicle.

The stolen laptops were not recovered.

The Revenue Department said it conducted an extensive investigation which determined some procedures to secure data may not have been followed with the one laptop.

A spokesman said the department’s computer network has not been accessed or hacked and remains secure.

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