Virginia Beach Employees' Identities Compromised After Fraud Investigation

July 27, 2007


Virginia Beach investigators are urging certain school and city employees to be on the look out for any sign of identity theft after a police investigation revealed compromised personal information from a benefit plan.

On Tuesday, police went to a house in the 3000 block of Glastonbury Drive in Virginia Beach. There, they found a list with names and social security numbers of school employees. A former school employee who had this information has been charged with prescription fraud.

Virginia Beach school spokeswoman Nancy Socia says about 2,000 employees with the city and the school system are affected. It is an optional plan that employees can enroll in.

Melissa Lea McDevitt, 33, used to work for a company called Flexible Benefits Administrators, a company that was contracted by the City of Virginia Beach to administer benefits plans for school employees.

McDevitt was charged with Prescription Fraud and subsequently released on a $3,000 surety bond.

City officials have notified employees of this breach in security, and are educating employees on the steps they can take to reduce the potential risk of identity theft.

Any school employees with questions regarding the Flexible Benefits Plan should be directed to Virginia Beach City Public Schools' Media and Communications Department at (757) 263-1820.

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