Multiple old tax returns, having personal information, including Social Security numbers, were found inside a Fremont dumpster.
The paper government forms were inside the open dumpster for a few days, as indicated by witnesses, and they all contained personal information for anybody to effortlessly take.
The dumpster is situated in a parking garage off Grimmer Boulevard in Fremont, where a close-by affirmed CPA practices,
"It's disturbing," said Robert Petesch, a Newark occupant whose documents were inside the dumpster. "I thought it would have been destroyed. Our names, our Social Security number, my employer, money related information. This is a major breach of my personal security."
The tax forms were prepared by Ed Robinson, a nearby CPA. When he was questioned about the matter, Robinson said he didn't know they should have been shredded.
"I thought they would take it and burn it," he said. "I shouldn't have done it. I'm sorry."
A couple of hours after the fact, Robinson, who is resigning, put a bolt on the dumpster. In the meantime, one of his customers was so worried about the reports that he brought matters into his own hands, he contacted an organization to have them pick up the records and shred them.
Petesch was alleviated to have his old tax forms in his hands. "I will shred this," he said.
Robinson told his customer he will pay for the shredding.
The California Society of CPAs asks all duty preparers to shred any tax forms they are not keeping.