At the time, Coast Capital CEO Robert Genisman told The Independent that the company wasn't certain as to how Zorn acquired the computer and was conducting its own investigation. Michael Hebert, Coast Capital's attorney, now says that the company has concluded its investigation, but while there are new details, questions remain.
In a letter sent to 409 of its customers and dated July 7, Genisman wrote: "Coast Capital Mortgage has now recovered all information from the computer bought by an individual at Goodwill." Although Genisman states that the company and the courts are "totally confident that no sensitive information has been released to the public," he tells customers how they can put a fraud alert on their credit reports. He also states that extortion charges against Zorn are still under investigation. Calls placed to the district attorney's office went unreturned as of press time.
In May, 15th Judicial District Judge Thomas Duplantier ordered Zorn to return all information about the computer to the courts, including a list of names he had retained from the computer, after he had voluntarily turned over the computer to the district attorney's office. Hebert says Coast Capital has since analyzed the contents of the hard drive and filed the information under seal with the court.
Hebert contends that there were 409 customers' information on the hard drive and that "the vast majority" of the information for each customer was a name, social security number and the name of the loan officer that each customer had initially contacted at Coast Capital. (Zorn alleges that there are 764 names of individuals on the computer, along with other types of information ' including loan applications, bank account numbers, credit reports and addresses). Hebert would not disclose what other types of personal financial information were found on the computer.
In May, Genisman told The Independent that although the company was still investigating the matter, Coast Capital believed the computer wasn't a personal computer. "It was personally owned by one of our employees who used it for the purpose of operating as a loan agent in the office, and that was it."
Now that the company has concluded its own investigation, attorney Hebert offers another explanation for the use of the computer. "The employee had some customer information on a computer that she used to do some company business at home," he says. "She thought that information was no longer on the computer. It had long since been inactive and not functional. She sold the computer at a garage sale. The person who bought the computer from her at the garage sale could not start it, so that person donated the computer to Goodwill, at which time Zorn purchased it, installed a power supply in the computer, and booted it up."
Despite his claim that the Coast Capital employee had taken the computer home to conduct company business, Hebert also says the machine did not work when she got it home. "It had sat at her house inoperable for over a year and was never connected to the Internet while it was there," he says.
To address the breach of security at Coast Capital, Hebert says that "appropriate internal action has been taken." He would not elaborate on what action has been taken, nor would he identify the employee, citing a need to protect the employee's privacy.
Zorn says he is unaware of the status of any impending charges against him. He still has not retained an attorney.
If you suspect that your identity is being used to commit fraud, you can have a "fraud alert" placed on your credit information. For more information on identity theft and fraud alerts, visit these Web sites:
Federal Trade Commission's Web site on identity theft
U.S. Department of Justice
Fight Identity Theft
Identity Theft Resource Center
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, December 13, 2013:
The Louisiana Supreme Court has punted on its first chance to decide whether a new state constitutional provision declaring gun possession a fundamental right could void a long list of criminal statutes that regulate firearms.
New Orleans' offense, which ranks sixth in the NFL, isn't helping many of its skill players pile up Pro Bowl-type stats. Rather, the approach of coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees has enabled a wide range of play-makers to emerge periodically with high-production outings.
An ordinance phasing out a rebate businesses receive for collecting and remitting sales taxes is tabled, but it doesn’t solve the vexing issue of government revenue.
As part of a national undertaking known by industry insiders as the “Butterfly Project,” a rebranded version of The Daily Advertiser is set to launch with Sunday’s edition of the Gannett-owned paper.
Louisiana moved up a slot to 48th in the ranking of healthy states — once again, thank God for Mississippi! — so all this frettin’ about Gov. Bobby Jindal’s refusal to expand Medicaid per Obamacare ... fuggidaboutit! We don’t need Medicaid no more!
The Denham Springs woman who placed Christmas lights in the shape of a butter finger on her roof in a display of anger directed at neighbors has doubled the trouble for the 2013 holiday season.
The 30-second commercial, to run around the state, is the Democratic senator's first TV spot in her bid for re-election to a fourth term.
It's a number that has edged up but falls far short of the thousands who are eligible for subsidized coverage.
A group of mostly higher education leaders will make recommendations to state lawmakers about how to tweak the policies governing tuition rates charged at the state's public colleges.
That would be Congressman John Fleming talking about Sen. David Vitter.
The alleged mastermind behind the bribery scheme that went on for four years under DA Mike Harson’s nose isn’t just schizophrenic, bipolar and recovering from mini strokes; he now says he has cancer.
Louisiana's higher education leaders are trying to work out a financing deal to keep the state's public colleges from running low on state cash to operate their campuses.
With their latest triumph, the Saints left little doubt about how tough they are to beat in the Superdome. Unfortunately, two of their remaining three games are on the road.
For the first time in at least five years, retired teachers, state workers and school system employees could see an increase in their pension checks.
Lawmakers and Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration shared a collective sigh of relief with the news that Louisiana's tax amnesty program brought in the $200 million that they used to help balance this year's budget.
Drew Brees often makes the extraordinary look routine, particularly during night games in the Superdome.
The teams were extended invitations Sunday for the New Year's Day matchup played at Raymond James Stadium, home of the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
If all 44 projects are approved, about $300 million would remain in the fund set up as a down payment to help the Gulf.
Last week, the Saints gave up 429 yards to Seattle, second most in a game this season.
Since Anthony Jennings and Brooks Haack were not expected to contribute until next year at the earliest, it seemed like a sneak peek at hidden Christmas gifts.
Louisiana National Guard personnel seeking benefits for same-sex spouses will have an easier time filing the requests, despite a state refusal to let its workers process the paperwork.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera sees one potential flaw with his team's stellar defensive play so far this season. "Apparently we like to bite on the double moves," Rivera said.
Computer hackers may have gained access to the personal information of thousands of Louisiana residents who use debit cards issued by JPMorgan Chase for three state agencies, authorities said Wednesday.
Jim Purcell, who has been in the job since February 2011, notified the Board of Regents about his decision at its monthly meeting.