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      DEW: Former employee downloaded personal data

      <font size="2">Fairwell says the employee was fired Tuesday after being on suspension since Dec. 19.</font>

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina's unemployment agency is notifying more than 4,600 people that a former employee may have compromised their personal information.

      The state Department of Employment and Workforce says notifications began going out Wednesday, a month after security software detected unauthorized downloads from human resources files to a personal flash drive.

      The 4,658 people impacted are current and former employees, their children and their beneficiaries. Agency spokesman Adrienne Fairwell says it did not affect any businesses or anyone receiving unemployment benefits.

      Fairwell says the employee was fired Tuesday after being on suspension since Dec. 19. That's when the State Law Enforcement Division began investigating the unauthorized download.

      The data included names, addresses, birthdates, Social Security numbers and payroll information.

      The employee's name has not been released. The SLED investigation continues.