Pennsylvania Attorney General asked to investigate deleted state records

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(WHTM) — A lawmaker is calling on the Attorney General to investigate the records that were deleted from two Pennsylvania agencies from an employee who was working from home.

State Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) sent a letter to Attorney General Michelle Henry, requesting a review of the recent record deletion that impacted Pennsylvania State Police and the State Employee Retirement System.

“The deleted files from the PSP contained criminal evidence which may never be recovered,” Grove said.  “The loss of these files could negatively affect the investigation and prosecution of many criminal cases. While Gov. Josh Shapiro’s administration has chalked this up to ‘human error’ – which I hope is the case – I am requesting an investigation from the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General to ensure the employee responsible is not connected to these deleted criminal evidence files in any way.”

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Furthermore, Grove is asking the AG to give a list of best practices used during the investigation to prevent record deletion in the future.

Most of the data was recovered and no personal financial information was compromised. “Human error” was to blame for the deletion, a spokesperson for the OA.

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