DOJ makes clarification to OPM data breach being connected to fraud
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Jul 10, 2018
The Department of Justice is now saying that an identity theft case it announced last month may not be linked to the 2015 massive Office of Personnel Management as it originally reported, The Hill reports.
In June, the DOJ released a statement that a Maryland woman had pleaded guilty to identity theft charges related to the OPM data breach, where personal and vehicle loans were obtained with the Social Security numbers obtained from the breach, but days later it revised the release to remove references to OPM, the report notes.
According to the report, in a letter to Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) from Stephen Boyd, the Justice Department’s assistant attorney general dated July 9, Boyd said that while several victims of the scheme reported also being victims of the OPM breach, federal investigators have not yet found a definitive link between the fraud case and the OPM breach and the investigation is ongoing.