5 employees sue company following security breach

By Carol Ostrow | Mar 4, 2015


Five individuals have sued their former employer for damages allegedly caused by a security breach.

Joan Longenecker-Wells, Kenneth Dodson, Genevieve Regal, Benjamin Huffnagle and Nicholas Dankosky filed a lawsuit Feb. 26 in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania against: Benecard Services Inc. doing business as Benecard; Benecard Central Fill of PA; Benecard Marketing; National Vision Administrators; and Contact Fill, alleging breach of trust and identity fraud.

According to the complaint, each of the five plaintiffs furnished confidential personal information to their employer via tax forms and other paperwork and it is believed the IRS consequently issued tax refunds to unknown parties instead of the plaintiffs. The defendants failed to protect their privacy, violated administrative guidelines and industry standards, the suit states, and the plaintiffs suffered financial injury for the 2014 tax year.

On behalf of all current and former employees, the plaintiffs allege negligence and breach of contract.

They seek compensatory damages in excess of $5 million, attorney fees and court costs. The plaintiffs are represented by attorneys Benjamin Andreozzi and Nathaniel Foote of Andreozzi & Associates in Harrisburg.

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania case number: 1:15-cv-00422-WWC.

This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed in .S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note that a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt and represents only one side of the story.

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