The personal information of some Miami-Dade County Public Schools students has been stolen, according to a police report.
Police arrested 22-year-old Renardo Smith on charges of criminal use of personal information after he was found with documents listing the names, birthdays and social security numbers of about 50 people. According to a police report, the majority of the names were current or former students in Miami-Dade public schools.
Smith was arrested Friday by police participating in a gang sweep in Miami Gardens, according to a police report.
“The school district is limited in discussing details of the arrest because of an ongoing investigation,” said school district spokesman John Schuster. “It’s policy that whenever personal information is compromised, that students and families are alerted.”
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This isn’t the first time public school students in Miami-Dade have had their personal information compromised. A food service worker at Horace Mann Middle School was sentenced in July 2014 to 81 months in prison for stealing student identities. According to the FBI, the information of about 400 students was compromised.
In August, the school board, through the superintendent, asked its police chief to come up with a plan for protecting student data. The district has also brought attention to the Keeping ID Safe (KID) Act. The law allows parents or guardians to put a freeze on their child’s credit and waives credit monitoring fees for minors who are victims of identity theft.
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