The U.S. Attorney has an indictment against Chantay Ware, 26, of Cleveland, a former employee of a company that manages Starbucks at Cleveland Hopkins Airport.
She allegedly used information on the applications to open unauthorized credit card accounts, using them to spend more than $115,000.
She allegedly stole from the unemployed, lifting information from where applicants are most vulnerable -- job applications.
For Hyde Park Restaurants, the process of protecting employee identities starts with the application.
"What we're looking for is past job experiences and personal references," General Manager Jason Crawford said.
Private information, such as a birthdate or Social Security number, is obtained only after an applicant has been offered the job. Such sensitive documentation never stays on the premises.
"We are not allowed to fax or scan or email any of that information. It has to be sent certified mail to our corporate office," Crawford says.
The Hyde Park group I.D. protection has become common practice in most businesses.