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Legal Files Left in Dumpster

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According to an article by Jessica Heffner posted to the website of the Middletown Journal  (Middletown, OH) on July 4th, piles of records containing personal information were casually discarded by a local law firm in a public garbage dumpster.  The article reports that the files contained Social Security numbers and other details that would make identity theft easy. 

According to the Ohio Code of Professional Responsibility, attorneys are required to safeguard client property, including case records, during and after representation. 

In the report the County Prosecutor comments that such practices are unacceptable but does not state whether or not further investigation or penalties will be pursued. 

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