Rick Heidner and his firm, Gold Rush Amusements, has filed a $4 million lawsuit against the Illinois Gaming Board (IGB), claiming a gaming board employee leaked private financial and personal information to federal agencies.
Heidner alleges in a lawsuit filed to the Illinois Court of Claims that IGB employee intentionally and without authorization disclosed sensitive financial information to three federal agencies.
Furthermore, the suit alleges the gaming board did not immediately inform Heidner of the breach, which they are required to do under Illinois law. The leak was only discovered a month later, after Heidner filed a Freedom of Information Act request for all correspondences between the gaming board and the Tribune, according to the suit.
The leaked information included Heidner’s financial data, personal bank records, his Social Security number, real estate holdings, mortgages and other sensitive records, according to the suit.
Heidner owns Gold Rush Amusements, which provides thousands of gaming machines to over 500 bars, restaurants and other establishments across the state, according to a statement from his attorneys. Following the alleged leak of personal information, Heidner is requesting the maximum allowable damages of $2 million each for himself and his company.