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Free credit monitoring for jail inmates due to error

RHINELANDER, Wis. (AP) — Dozens of inmates at a northern Wisconsin jail are eligible for free credit monitoring because their personal information was accidentally posted online.

Vilas County sheriff’s officials say the Social Security numbers and other personal information for about 85 jail inmates was made public when a new corrections employee posted the wrong report on the county’s website last month.

The Rhinelander Daily News reports Vilas County will pay for credit monitoring for a year. The inmates were instructed on how to place a fraud alert on their accounts through the three major credit reporting agencies.

Sheriff Joe Fath says “corrective action” was taken against the corrections employee who committed the error, but that person is still employed by the county.

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