2.3M Records Containing Credit Card, Bank Account Information Stolen, Financial Processing Company Says

Fidelity National Information Services, a financial processing company, said Tuesday a worker at one of its subsidiaries stole 2.3 million consumer records containing credit card, bank account and other personal information.

Fidelity National Services is not related to Fidelity Investments, the nation's largest mutual fund company.

About 2.2 million records stolen from Certegy contained bank account information and 99,000 contained credit card information, company officials said.

"We believe that is the extent of any damage to the public," he said.

Certegy has asked a court in St. Petersburg to get back all the information from the employee and the marketing companies as well as to stop its use.

Certegy will notify all affected consumers of the theft and has contacted major credit agencies, Nichols said.

Nichols characterized him as a "rogue and dishonest employee." He said the company will seek civil penalties against the former worker and wants criminal charges filed against him.

The federal agency contacted the marketing companies to question the source of their information and determined it came from a company owned and operated by the Certegy employee. Nichols said he did not know how much money the employee received.