(WTNH) - Personal information that should be personal and yet it does notstay that way. In fact, News Channel 8 got down and dirty and youwon't believe where we found some sensitive documents.
We went to more than a dozen dumpsters across the state ofConnecticut. From juvenile courts to probation offices. And what wefound was disturbing, including all kinds of confidential documentsand personal information you would never want to get out.
From failed drug reports, to bank account numbers, to socialsecurity numbers to telephone numbers, all of this information washere for anyone to see.
So who's life was thrown in the garbage?
One of the case files belongs to Luis Cardona of Torrington.
"This right here is really a flash back of what I have beenthrough, I can' believe this is really out there," Cardona said."I'm surprised you found this much. I can see a couple of sheets,but when you find all this on somebody, damn, this is my wholehistory."
A history he has put behind him. Cardona says he is clean,finished with his probation, has a good job making airplane partsand is back with his family.
"When you put these behind you, you want it to stay behind you,you don't want it to come back up where anybody can see it,"Cardona said.
Another life we found in the trash was that of a young child,not even a teenager, in court for cutting up a classmate with aknife.
We also found other juvenile court documents and case notes inthe trash that talked about suicide attempts as well as otherdisturbing behavior.
We took the documents to Attorney General Richard Blumenthal tosee if any laws were broken.
"I'm appalled and alarmed that this kind of information isaccessible in any way, not to mention a public dumpster,"Blumenthal said.
We showed him some of the social security numbers, birthdays,basically all of the information you would need to steal anidentity. He has now launched his own investigation.
"This kind of sensitive and explosive information finds its wayonto the internet, for example. This needs to be safeguarded,"Blumenthal said.
Safeguarding the identity of someone who is turning their lifearound is extremely critical.
"I can believe they did that man. This is so fresh, it's notold, not even a year," Cardona said.
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