State Employee Accused Of Computer Misuse On The Job


UPDATED: Friday August 31, 2012 6:33 PM

The Ohio State Highway Patrol currently is investigating whether an employee improperly accessed personal information about an employee at his private business.

Danilla Elmore is accusing her former boss of setting out to destroy her after she started questioning the business practices at his East Columbus nightclub.

She wrote a seven-page letter to law enforcement stating her case.

Elmore said the owners were desperate to keep her quiet.

"He's always had used abuse of powers, saying that 'I can look you up. I know where you live,' and things like that," said Elmore.

She said one of the owners knew things about her that he could only get by accessing the computer at his other job.

That job is as an information technologist with the Ohio State Highway Patrol. There he has access to the Law Enforcement Automated Data System or LEADS.

LEADS contains information on driving records, warrants and criminal history and is only supposed to be used for official business.

"So you can just pull anyone up just because you work for the Highway Patrol?  I don't think that's fair," added Elmore.

If it's true, it's not just unfair -- it's illegal.

OSP officials confirmed that they were investigating a claim that a LEADS employee improperly accessed personal information of an employee of his private business.

The law agency told Watchdog 10 "...because the case involves a potentially criminal violation and remains under investigation, we can't identify the uncharged suspect,”

When Watchdog 10 visited the nightclub,  the news crew was first told the owner was there and then told he was not. 

Less than an hour later, he phoned and referred all questions to his lawyer who denied the allegations and said there's no evidence to support any  wrongdoing. He called Elmore a "disgruntled former employee who has been going about trying to take a scorched-earth approach and seeking revenge against her former employer."

Elmore said it's about holding people accountable if they are found guilty of misusing taxpayer-funded systems for personal gain.

"They think it's a joke. They think they're above the law, basically," she said.

The OHP investigation is expected to wrap up in a couple of weeks. 

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