12 OYS: Hundreds of customer files found dumped behind Aiken loan company

By: Jerome Collins Email
By: Jerome Collins Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock / July 16, 2014

AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW) -- A South Carolina driver's license can be easy to get, and can be easy to fake, especially when color copies with your personal information are left sitting next to a dumpster.

Daranelious Shedrick could not believe it when News 12 showed him a copy of his grandmother's driver's license and other personal information.

"This is her social security and everything," Shedrick said.

It is not just her information. A truck driver said he found a stack of documents sitting next to a dumpster behind Sunset Finance, LLC. in Aiken. He left the paperwork with News 12 to investigate. We found hundreds of credit applications, including copies of driver's licenses, social security cards, and even bank cards in the pile.

"We're still doing an internal investigation to make sure that our current employees have followed all the policies and procedures," said Toby Fletcher, owner of Sunset Finance.

He said they use an outside shredder service to get rid of their documents, and nothing like this has ever happened in the company's 13 years in business. He said he is looking into whether previous employees may have something to do with this.

"We're focusing more, now on any disgruntled ex-employees that would have access to those type of materials back in 2007 and 2008," Fletcher said.

Personal data that could have fallen into the wrong hands.

"She would be pretty mad with all this information. This is a lot of information just to be left outside," said Shedrick.

We have been told that letters will go out to all Sunset Finance customers making them aware of this incident. Also, the company said it will offer free credit protection services to customers whose information may have been compromised in this case.

Fletcher said he suspected a possible disgruntled ex-employee may be responsible because the company does not keep information in files from that far back, and would have shredded it by now.

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