A man authorities believe disseminated the personal information of 228,435 South Carolina Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries has been arrested by the State Law Enforcement Division.

Former S.C. Department of Health and Human Services employee Christopher Lykes, 36 of Swansea, S.C., was charged with six counts involving the release of confidential information. SLED notes that “at least one party received this data from the former employee.” The law enforcement agency is still investigating the matter and have taken possession of Lykes’ work and personal computer.

SLED began their investigation on April 10 and took Lykes’ computers on April 11. He was arrested this afternoon.

Last week, the DHHS discovered that Lykes had allegedly transferred the personal information of Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries — most of whom live in Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Lexington, Orangeburg, and Richland counties — to his personal email account.

Experian will provide free credit monitoring. Details to come on the cost of the monitoring service to the state of South Carolina.

Affected beneficiaries have been contacted by mail and can call DHHS toll free at 1-888-829-6561 or visit www.myscmedicaid.org for more information.

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