Towers Perrin had five laptop computers containing information on clients' employees stolen from its Manhattan office, confirmed Joseph Conway, a Towers Perrin spokesman. Mr. Conway declined to name any clients whose data was stolen. Affected employees have been informed, and Towers Perrin is not aware that the information has been misused. Towers Perrin is offering clients free credit monitoring.
Altria Group Inc., New York, is one of the companies affected, said Lisa Gonzalez, an Altria spokeswoman. Personal information for nearly 18,000 current and former Altria employees was compromised, she said. The laptops contained information on pension-related salary information, name, birth dates, Social Security numbers and hire dates, Ms. Gonzalez said.
Dewayne Rivers was charged with grand larceny by the New York County District Attorney in Manhattan, said Edison Alban, spokesman. The district attorney's office is continuing the investigating.