The Department of Industrial Accidents (DIA) recently became aware that a former contract employee used workers' compensation claimants' personal identifiers (including Social Security numbers) with the apparent intent of committing criminal or fraudulent acts. The incident is under investigation by law enforcement authorities. The former contract employee has been terminated and arrested and will be prosecuted.

The DIA deeply regrets that this incident occurred and has taken appropriate steps to prevent this from happening again.

At this stage of the investigation, we have determined that up to 1,200 names may have been compromised. All 1,200 individuals potentially impacted by this situation will be sent notice via U.S. mail today. It is important to note that at this time we are aware of only three individuals whose personal identifying information was allegedly used by the perpetrator to obtain credit by fraudulent means. There is currently no evidence to indicate that any other claimants within the DIA database were affected.

As a government agency serving the people of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts we take our responsibility to protect our data very seriously. As such a number of internal changes have been implemented to minimize the exposure of our data and in particular the personal identifiers of workers' compensation claimants.

The DIA extends its sincerest apologies to anyone who may have been impacted or inconvenienced by this fraudulent act.

If you have any questions regarding this matter, please contact the Department of Industrial Accidents, Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM at 1-800-323-3249 ext. 560 (toll free inside MA) or at 617-727-4900 ext. 560.

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