Pair charged in LLG family services breach

SMITHS FALLS – Police have charged two people in connection to the release of “highly sensitive” information from Family and Children’s Services of Lanark, Leeds and Grenville four months ago.

A 28-year-old woman and 50-year-old man – both from Smiths Falls – were arrested and are facing charges of trafficking in identity information, unauthorized use of a computer, mischief to data, mischief and theft.

They are also facing charges under the Child and Family Services Act of Ontario with publishing identifying information.

Smiths Falls police allege the pair had accessed a computer system in order to get a document and posted a link to one specific document, which ended up on a local Facebook page.

The case is the subject of a $75 million class action lawsuit against FCSLLG, its executive director, the province, the children and youth services minister and an alleged perpetrator of the information breach.

As for the two accused, they will appear in a Perth, Ont. court Oct. 3, 2016.