Charlottesville Breaking News
Anson Parker made a New Year's resolution: To let North Carolina State University know that the scanner he bought on eBay contained copies of thousands of checks written to the school in Raleigh.
"It was millions of dollars in checks," says Parker, with bank account numbers and signatures, and some with Social Security and drivers license numbers.
Parker, who works at the Claude Moore Health Sciences library, had purchased the Canon scanner for $500 on eBay to use in his archival work, and he estimates it would have cost around $5,000 new. "It's a neat little scanner," he says.
How hard was it to discover the cache of check copies?
"It was real hard," deadpans Parker. "I had to plug it in, and it said, would you like to look at archived files?"
And when he found checks– one for $500,000– the implications of what he was sitting on alarmed him.
"Holy smokes," says Parker, who contacted the University and the North Carolina Department of Justice and didn't feel like his information was taken very seriously until January 6, when he got a phone call from his mother, who was contacted by investigators.
"I was ballistic," says Parker. "I'm 34 years old, and they call my mother? That was completely insensitive."
"This was taken very seriously," says NC State spokesman Brad Bohlander. "We received an email January...
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