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No identity thefts so far as result of state Social Security mailing

Nobody has been victimized by identity theft as the result of three state government mailings with Social Security numbers on the outside.

More than 12,000 people signed up for free credit monitoring after the two latest breaches this month.

The state Assembly's privacy committee learned all that Thursday when it held a hearing to get to the bottom of the incidents.

Roger Ervin, revenue secretary, said his agency is now safe and secure in protecting confidential data.

Ervin said two revenue employees were fired in the last year for not handling that data appropriately.

The contracted firm of EDS also fired one of its employees after it sent out 260,000 Medicaid updates with Social Security numbers on the address labels.

That happened earlier this month, about the same time that 5,000 income tax forms were sent to filers in northeast Wisconsin with Social Security numbers showing.

A folding error was blamed. Just over a year ago, more than 100,000 state income tax booklets were sent out with the private numbers on the labels.