Jared A. Ilovar, a 22-year-old intern with the state of Ohio, was given a lot of responsibility when he was asked to handle two tapes containing sensitive data after work each day. When he was fired after a tape was stolen from his parked car, Ilovar pointed the finger at his supervisors, whom he claims never gave him proper instructions on how to handle the tapes when he brought them home.
Ilovar was responsible for two tapes that contained Social Security numbers, banking information, and other sensitive data for 1.2 million businesses and individuals in Ohio.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that Ilovar told investigators that while he took the tapes inside his apartment a vast majority of the time when he went home after work, he did leave the tapes in his car multiple times.
"Should I have left the tapes in my car that night? Obviously, the answer is no," he wrote in his statement.
He said that even before the theft he wondered why the state had allowed an intern to guard such data. "I thought it was a little odd they were giving it to an intern," he told the newspaper. "I was surprised they entrusted this with us."
He told the newspaper he doesn't think it's fair that he lost his job, adding that he would like to work for the state again.
"I was a victim of random car theft," Ilovar wrote in his statement, "and now I am the scapegoat for the state of Ohio ."
Ohio taxpayers will have to pay roughly $2.25 million in order to cover identity theft insurance to help protect those whose information was on the stolen tape.
Governor Ted Strickland told the newspaper he feels justified in firing Ilovar because of his admission of leaving the tapes in his car. Other state workers have also lost their jobs in the incident and there is an ongoing investigation into the situation.
Ilovar asked Strickland for another internship in his statement, but Strickland told the newspaper that because of the current situation, now is not the best time for Ilovar to be considered for rehiring, the newspaper reports.
Source: Columbus Dispatch