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DNR identifies name of ex-employee accused of snooping license data

The name of the former Minnesota Department of Natural Resources employee who was fired after he allegedly accessed the driving and motor vehicle records of approximately 5,000 Minnesotans has been released by the DNR, the Associated Press reports.

The DNR says Jon A. Hunt was fired from his Enforcement Division position of administrative manager Jan. 11 after viewing the data of the people while either off-duty or without any administrative purpose.

Hunt reportedly accessed such pertinent information as full names, dates of birth, driver’s license numbers, addresses, driver’s license statuses and driver’s license photos.

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the matter, although there is no indication that the data was sold, disclosed or used for criminal purposes.

According to The AP, the people who had their records accessed included DNR employees, professional athletes, television personalities and politicians. Ninety percent of the records reportedly accessed were of women.

KARE-TV reports that records of at least three of their female reporters were accessed, as well as other female reporters in the Twin Cities.

See KARE’s report from Jana Shortal, who identified herself as one of those whose driving records were breached.

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April 23, 2014