Aiken County man suspects he's a victim of the SC DOR hacker
AIKEN COUNTY, SC (WIS) - The class action lawsuit against Governor Nikki Haley and the State Department of Revenue is growing.
There are now at least three sets of potential victims who have signed up with John Hawkins' upstate law firm. Hawkins is suing on behalf of all 3.8 million taxpayers affected by the international hacker.
An Aiken County man joined the suit after someone stole more than $3,500 from him.
"I clicked on the bill pay to see the accounts and I saw this bogus name with an address out of Texas with an account and low and behold, he's sent himself $3,525 of my money," said Tony Wilmoth.
All he had left was enough to buy gas and groceries until pay day. Wilmoth never really thought it would affect him tucked away in Aiken County.
Wilmoth isn't positive that the theft was a result of the international hacking of the Department of Revenue computers but he said, "Well, that's the issue. You don't."
After finding the theft Wilmoth called his bank to get his money back and to find out who did stole from him.
The bank opened an investigation that day and shut down all of his accounts. That's when he took his story to the Department of Revenue.
"I think the first question I asked them 'Is there any interest level on your end with that?'" said Wilmoth. "And the answer I got back, 'No sir, we're not tracking that.' I paused because it caught me off guard."
Wilmoth said he wanted to know whether SCDOR was collecting stories like his to use to track the cyber criminal down. Turns out, he said, the agency wasn't.
"I look at it like this: this is a problem that you folks--unintentionally or whatever--created," said Wilmoth. "Why wouldn't you not be following up, tracking it? That answer threw me off. They were polite, but I was frustrated."
That frustration led Wilmoth to attorney John Hawkins.
"The harm that's been inflicted on us is the direct result of a blatant lack of leadership," said Hawkins.
Hawkins represents the retired navy vet in a growing class-action lawsuit against Governor Nikki Haley and the Department of Revenue.
Now, nearly two months after state leaders found out about the hack, they still can't tell tax payers exactly who's a victim.
"It's like you're on your own," said Wilmoth. "Fend for yourself."
And joining a lawsuit was a move Wilmoth said he never wanted to make.
"I need to have--as best I can--a warm and fuzzy feeling that some body's got my back and that's kind of what I'm looking for," he said. "It's unfortunate. I don't like to do that. That's not my style, but I want somebody out there to potentially to try to take care of me. The Department of Revenue didn't impress me with their answer. It's as simple as that."