By David Hubler
Aug. 15, 2006
Unisys, the Veterans Affairs Department's Office of Inspector General
and the FBI have announced a reward of as much as $50,000 for
information leading to the recovery of a company desktop computer
reported missing on Aug. 7 from Unisys headquarters in Reston, Va.
The computer's hard drive contains personal information regarding
about 20,000 veterans treated at VA medical facilities in Pittsburgh
and Philadelphia in the past four years. Unisys has a contract to
monitor the data for insurance claims processing.
A company statement said, "There is no evidence to indicate that the
individual or the individuals responsible for the disappearance of the
computer had any knowledge of the content of the information stored on
Unisys spokeswoman Lisa Meyer said so far there is no evidence of a
break-in. She said law enforcement officials are questioning everyone
in the facility and checking surveillance tapes and exit and entry
Joseph Persichini Jr., acting assistant director in charge of the
FBI's Washington Field Office, issued the identical announcement. His
office is leading the investigation.
Persichini said anyone who has information about the missing computer
is asked to call the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI.
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