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Confidential Attorney Files Dumped In Parking Lot


Take a look at this - boxes and boxes of files containing social security numbers, dates of birth, everything needed to steal someone's identity.

The boxes filled with files from a nearby attorney's office caught Robert Guerrero's eye when he went to put his newspaper in a nearby paper recycling bin.

"I opened up one of the files and I saw real important information like her social security number, her phone number, her address," Guerrero said.

Guerrero said his first thought was to leave it alone and mind his own business.

"I had second thoughts about it," Guerrero said." I'm going to do the right thing."

So Guerrero called Gloria Amador who came out to find her private information available to anyone wanting to take a peek.

"My social security number, my date of birth, my driver's license number," Amador said.

In addition to calling the cops, who are now investigating, Amador called a man who also had his private information available for anyone to see.

"Everything, medical records, all my paperwork everything," the man who asked that we not identify him, said.

That man, Amador and scores of others are all clients of Houston attorney Robert Gerringer.

"It's lazy instead of having it shredded like you're suppose to he just dumps it in a parking lot," the unidentified man said.

Gerringer told FOX 26 Investigates he had no idea all of the client files were dumped in a parking lot near West 34th and Oak Forest.

He said the files were in a storage facility. Due to non payment the storage facility auctioned off all the contents in the storage space, including the files.

Gerringer said the man who bought the files at auction contacted him and wanted money for them. Hours later Gerringer said he got a call from the cops.

The attorney said he was upset that someone would just dump his client's personal files in a parking lot leaving them vulnerable to identity theft.

Police have the files in a secure place while they sort all this out.

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