Fired DNR Employee Was Accessing Data in Off Hours

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Jan 25, 2013 at 2:32 pm

ST. PAUL, Minn (KNSI) - New information released by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says that the employee fired for wrongfully accessing driver's license and motor vehicle records was viewing the data off the clock, and for no professional reason.

According to the DNR, John Hunt was fired from his job on January 11th.

Hunt worked as the Enforcement Division's administrative manager and, like other law enforcement officers across Minnesota, he had access to the driver's license and motor vehicle records for law enforcement purposes only.

Investigations by the DNR and Bureau of Criminal Apprehension indicated that Hunt viewed information for around 5,000 people, including around 200 DNR employees and their family members, as well as numerous public figures.

The DNR says Hunt's actions are violation of state and federal law, as well as DNR policy.

"This employee not only violated the law, but betrayed the trust of the agency, his supervisors, and fellow employees," said DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr. "His behavior does not meet the high standards of integrity that we expect from our law enforcement officers or from all employees.".

The DNR has informed those who were viewed by Hunt of the situation. They add, there is no indication the viewed data was sold, disclosed to others, or used for criminal purposes.

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