At least 85 current or former BNSF railroad workers have told Lincoln police that their identification information was stolen and was being used to obtain goods and services from online companies.
BNSF spokesman Andy Williams said that railroad police haven't determined how the crooks got the names, Social Security numbers and dates of birth. Williams says investigators found no breaches when they probed company security systems.
In the past year dozens of people reported to police or Lancaster County sheriff's deputies that someone had opened accounts in their names with PayPal's Bill Me Later program. The thieves made more than $65,000 in charges.
Some employees have suggested that old seniority rosters containing personal information may have gotten into the hands of a thief or thieves.