PHOENIX — The United States Attorney for the District of Arizona Paul K. Charlton today commemorated in a special ceremony National Crime Victims' Rights Week by recognizing 10 individuals, including TriWest President and CEO David J. McIntyre, Jr., for their outstanding efforts in promoting victim's rights and by honoring homicide victims.
McIntyre was recognized for his leadership in implementing a comprehensive communication and outreach effort at TriWest after it was burglarized on Dec. 14, 2002.
Computer equipment and data files containing the names, addresses, Social Security numbers and other personal information for more than 500,000 members of America's military family were stolen from the premises.
Led by McIntyre, TriWest immediately took steps to prevent the personal information stolen from being misused.
To date, there have been no confirmed fraudulent uses of the stolen information due to the prompt action on TriWest's part to inform its customers about the burglary and to educate them so they could take steps to protect themselves against the potential misuse of their personal information.
TriWest's transparent and aggressive approach to dealing with its information theft has been lauded as a model for other companies to follow by many organizations and individuals during the past year, including U.S. News & World Report, the Federal Trade Commission, Arizona Congressman John Shadegg, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and, most recently, the Maricopa County Attorney's Office.
"I am honored and thankful for the recognition that continues to be provided to TriWest and its dedicated staff who put our customers first during a very difficult time," McIntyre said. "We are not just the victims of a crime. We are an organization that believes that being honest and transparent with our customers is both good business and the right thing to do. TriWest is thankful to U.S. Attorney Paul Charlton for recognizing the hard work and dedication of so many members of the TriWest family, many of whom made great sacrifices to provide the greatest protection possible for the people we have the privilege to serve."
National Crime Victims' Rights Week
Dan Levey, Advisor to the Governor for Victims of Crime, was the special guest speaker for the event. In addition to McIntyre, National Crime Victims' Rights Week Recognition Awards were presented to NASCAR driver Darrell LaMoure; Steven Dennis, resident manager of the Hilton El Conquistador Spa and Resort; Canada B. Valenzuela, crisis outreach worker, Pascua Yaqui Tribe; two Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Special Agents and Victim Specialists; two Special Agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE); and one U.S. Border Patrol agent.
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Upon being appointed as United States Attorney, Paul Charlton placed a high priority on enhancing services to federal crime victims and focusing on improving the treatment of crime victims as they participate in the federal criminal justice system. This effort has not gone unnoticed. Last year, the Victim Witness Program of the United States Attorney's Office received a National Award from the Department of Justice.
"We each have the individual capability to make a difference in the lives of those who have been so devastated by crime simply by the way we respond to them and in the manner in which we carry out our work." Charlton said.