Suburban Woman Charged With Security Breach Of School Database

Rob Hart
November 02, 2018 - 7:12 am

Chicago police

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A former Chicago Public Schools temp worker was charged Thursday with stealing personal information from a Chicago school’s database.

Kristi Sims, 28, of Hickory Hills, was a temporary employee who worked in the Chicago Public Schools information center. Investigators said she was fired from her job, but before she left, she copied and then deleted a database with information on 70,000 employees and volunteers without authorization on Oct. 31, 2017.

Exactly a year later, she was arrested Wednesday and is facing four felony counts of identity theft and one felony count of aggravated tampering of a computer database, according to a statement from Chicago police.

The district said the information includes names, employee ID numbers, phone numbers, addresses, birth dates, and criminal history.

In an email to employees, CPS said they have no evidence to show that the information was disseminated in any way.

Her next court appearance was scheduled for Friday.