Thursday, April 14, 2011
North Texas Tollway Authority IT employees allegedly stole money
Plano Police Department is involved.
The North Texas Tollway Authority recently discovered that a limited number of employees in its information technology group may have misappropriated NTTA funds by creating fraudulent refunds. Upon the discovery of the possible misappropriation, the Plano Police Department was promptly notified and the Authority immediately engaged an external forensic investigation firm. The Authority took additional action, launching an internal investigation and taking measures to maintain the integrity of NTTA customer data.
At this time, there is no indication that any customer information was compromised. The NTTA is working closely with investigators to ensure the matter is resolved expeditiously. If the investigation reveals that any information was compromised or customer account was impacted, any affected parties will be notified immediately. Appropriate personnel action has been taken pending the results of the investigation.
"We take our obligation to safeguard our financial systems and customer information very seriously, and NTTA is disturbed that this situation occurred," said Allen Clemson, NTTA executive director. "We are angry and appalled to learn that a few employees may have ignored their responsibilities to the NTTA and the citizens it serves. The NTTA is assisting law enforcement with its investigation and intends to prosecute all responsible individuals to the fullest extent of the law."
The NTTA and its forensic investigation firm are reviewing all security systems to confirm the extent of the losses. The financial impact is estimated at less than $300,000. NTTA is insured for this type of crime.
Customers with questions can contact the NTTA Customer Service Center at 972-818-NTTA (6882) or CustomerService@ntta.org.
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