ACORN Dumped Sensitive Documents as Probe Began, Private Investigator Says

[Andrew Breitbart has an audio interview with PI Derrick Roach at]

by Joseph Abrams
Monday, November 23, 2009

A private investigator says he found tens of thousands of sensitive documents dumped outside a California ACORN office just days after the state attorney general announced an inquiry into the community organizing group.

Derrick Roach, a licensed investigator based in San Diego, told he paid an impromptu visit to the city’s ACORN branch on Oct. 9 and watched from his car as a man tossed bags of files into a Dumpster outside the building.

After ACORN staff left for the day, he says, he searched the trash bin and discovered more than 20,000 documents he believes point to illicit relationships between ACORN and a bank and a labor union — as well as confidential information that could put thousands at risk for identity theft.

“We’re talking people’s driver’s license numbers, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, bank account numbers, tax returns, credit reports” — all tossed in public view in the Dumpster, he said.

In one document shared with, an ACORN employee’s name, address, date of birth, Social Security number and driver’s license number were revealed, and photocopies of the employee’s license and Social Security card were also included. Another document showed bank account information for a woman paying an ACORN membership fee by check.

“It was just a careless disregard for the people that ACORN claimed to be helping,” Roach told “They put these people at risk.”

Roach said that data breach laws bar dumping like the kind he uncovered at ACORN’s office. Tossing the documents into a Dumpster, he said, constitutes a crime in California.

“So if someone wanted to, they could bring legal action against ACORN for doing this,” he said.

The rest of the article is here.

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