Audit Cites Access To Social Security Numbers

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland audit has found that prison inmates had access to personal information such as Social Security numbers while working for Maryland Correctional Enterprises.

The audit released Tuesday focused on a program that provides work experience for inmates, who entered claims from physicians under the state’s Medicaid program for the health department.

A computer program to redact Social Security numbers was used.

However, not all the numbers were redacted. The audit notes that Social Security numbers went unredacted infrequently.

Still, Maryland Correctional Enterprises notified the department last year that it isn’t processing the claims any more.

Rick Binetti, a spokesman for the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, says only three forms were found to have Social Security numbers that may have been noticed by an inmate.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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