Prison Worker Records Left Unattended

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By Ben Hoppenworth

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Department of Corrections must pay for three years of credit monitoring for prison employees whose names and Social Security numbers were found on a document left in a prison barber shop.

The state paid for a year of credit monitoring for 23 workers when the document was found in 2011, in a file drawer where inmates could have seen it at the Fort Dodge prison.

But when the workers' union insisted on extended protection, the state refused, noting that no employee had reported problems. An arbitrator eventually sided with the workers in June.

The arbitration report was obtained by The Associated Press through the Freedom of Information Act. The arbitrator found the state negligent, noting that many of the prison's inmates had committed identity fraud.

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