Maricopa County's top cop, Sheriff Joe Arpaio is being accused of letting personal information about his challenger be exposed to potentially tens of thousands of people.
It happened in an Arpaio advertisement for re-election as the Maricopa County sheriff.
Arpaio's challenger, Paul Penzone, is already fighting the sheriff about alleged inaccuracies in that ad.
Penzone said that ad exposed his birth date and Social Security number. The information is seen on court documents shown in the ad.
With that information, identity thieves could steal your identity and use it to open accounts and more.
In an on-camera interview, Penzone told me that "it's unethical and there's no place for a law enforcement officer to expose anyone to be a potential victim of [identity] theft."
Penzone said that he thinks the information was shown in the ad deliberately.
We asked the Arpaio re-election team for an interview about the incident. Instead, they sent an email saying "including that information on the ad was an honest mistake and ended airing a week ago." They said a new ad had blurred any personal information.
Penzone is taking it seriously. He said he is hiring an ID theft protection service and monitoring his credit. And he said that even though his information has been blurred, it's not enough.
"No, it's not OK. The damage is already done. My information has been out there for a week, maybe two, and seen hundreds of times," Penzone said.
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