State employee suspected of stealing computer files

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation raided the home of a former state employee on Friday night they say stole the personal information of approximately 6,000 state and Metro government employees, according to The Tennessean.

In a statement, TBI spokeswoman Kristin Helm said state officials searched the Hermitage home of 24-year-old Steven Hunter to seize computers that held the personal information of government employees. That information included Social Security numbers, full names, dates of birth and home addresses.

Hunter was accused of sending that data from his state email account to his personal email account before he resigned from the Tennessee Department of Treasury on Thursday.

State officials found the transfer of information after he quit his position and then requested state investigators get involved, the TBI said.

Hunter was hired last July to contact vendors who did business with the state government.