Missouri Bank Sues Ex-Workers on Data Theft Claim

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Byline: Robert Barba

Pulaski Bank has filed a lawsuit against three former employees over mortgage data that the Creve Couer, Mo., bank claims the employees took and are using to give their new employer a leg up.

The $1.3 billion-asset bank unit of Pulaski Financial filed its lawsuit Tuesday against Rita Rieke, Linda Stewart and Charles Ziegler in U.S. District Court of Kansas. The lawsuit also names First State Bank of St. Charles, Missouri, where Pulaski believes all three are now employed.

Pulaski is seeking an injunction that would bar the former employees and First State from using the information, make them return the data to Pulaski, force them to delete the files from their computer and compel them to allow a computer forensic expert to verify the deletion. Pulaski is also seeking actual and punitive damages.

In the complaint, Pulaski says that Rieke, as a sales manager, was consistently one of its top performers until last month when she only brought in four applications. "Upon information and belief, Rieke's dramatic drop in performance was the result of her redirection of applications and business from Pulaski to First State Bank. …