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Police confirm 13 victims connected to Justice Institute

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Lower Mainland RCMP have confirmed 13 people linked to the New Westminster-based Justice Institute of B.C. have been victims of arsons and shootings, although no one has yet to be physically harmed.


The RCMP first reported links to 10 victims connected to the JIBC on Sept. 6, but that has since been expanded. The victims do not appear to be affiliated with any criminal activity, said a news release Wednesday.

"We can now state the investigation revealed a link to an ICBC employee who allegedly accessed personal information of 65 individuals, including the 13 identified victims. That employee, along with other individuals, is under continued police investigation," said RCMP Chief Superintendent Janice Armstrong.

She said ICBC is helping to contact and warn all those whose information has been compromised, and police are still trying to determine if others are at risk.

The incidents have taken place throughout the Lower Mainland, but none of them have been at the New Westminster campus or any of the institution's other locations.

"We are very concerned that there have been additional incidents," said JIBC president Jack McGee. "The safety and security of our students, staff, faculty and the public who use our campuses is of paramount importance to JIBC. Enhanced security put in place at JIBC campuses remains in effect."

ICBC has fired the suspected employee with no severance.

"We are appalled that one of our employees inappropriately accessed the information of so many customers without any apparent business reason to do so," said ICBC CEO and president Jon Schubert. "Our main concern is for the customers who have suffered as a result of this privacy breach.

"We have conducted a thorough internal and an independent external review of our systems as a result of the privacy breach and have taken steps to better guard against this type of incident from happening again."

Police are asking anybody with any information about these crimes to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or leave a tip online at www.bccrimestoppers.com.

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