September 9th, 2010
03:20 PM ET
Crystal “MamaSox” Bowersox may not have won last season’s “American Idol,” but she still has had to deal with some of the pitfalls of celebrity.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that employees of five police agencies, a municipal court and the bureau of motor vehicles used computers to access confidential databases to peek at the singer’s personal information.
Bowersox received a letter of apology from an Ohio Department of Public Safety official for the unauthorized breaches of her privacy and was informed that there was no evidence that she had become an identity-theft victim.
Still, the invasion of privacy stung the singer-songwriter.
"I had no idea it happened," Bowersox told The Blade of Toledo. "I'm disgusted by it. You feel violated, but I guess it comes with the territory."
Eight improper checks were found between Feb. 24 and May 27, during which time Bowersox was a popular contestant on the hit Fox show. She ended up losing the singing competition to singer Lee DeWyze.
Punishment for the employees ranged from suspension to dismissal.
Bowersox, a single mother, said she had absolutely nothing to hide in her records.
"It would have said that I was poor, was on Medicaid, and I was on welfare with my child, and that my driving record was immaculate,” she said. “My record has nothing on it. My pre- 'Idol' life, I was raised poor and did everything I could to get by in life, and that's all they would find. I'm an honest person."
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