NTTA suspects IT group of fraudulent refunds

April 13, 2011
By Peter Samuel

North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA) report they recently discovered evidence of several IT (information technology) staff being engaged in thievery of upwards of $300k via fraudulent refunds from toll authority monies.

A statement issued today says: "Upon the discovery of the possible misappropriation, the Plano Police Department was promptly notified and the Authority immediately engaged an external forensic investigation firm.  The Authority took additional action, launching an internal investigation and taking measures to maintain the integrity of NTTA customer data."

Allen Clemson, NTTA executive director is quoted: ""We take our obligation to safeguard our financial systems and customer information very seriously, and NTTA is disturbed that this situation occurred. We are angry and appalled to learn that a few employees may have ignored their responsibilities to the NTTA and the citizens it serves.  The NTTA is assisting law enforcement with its investigation and intends to prosecute all responsible individuals to the fullest extent of the law."

The statement says that pending the results of the investigation "appropriate personnel action has been taken." Apparently the suspected thieves have been suspended.

The NTTA says along with its forensic investigation firm they are reviewing systems to establish the extent of the losses. 

They say the losses are at this point estimated at under $300,000. NTTA has insurance to cover losses like this.

There is no evidence those involved have "compromised" customer information.

TOLLROADSnews 2011-04-13

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