Dem senator on Equifax breach: 'Somebody needs to go to jail'

Dem senator on Equifax breach: 'Somebody needs to go to jail'
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Sen. Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampDoug Jones walks tightrope on Supreme Court nominee Red-state Dem tells Schumer to 'kiss my you know what' on Supreme Court vote Dem infighting erupts over Supreme Court pick MORE (D-N.D.) is calling for a criminal investigation into Equifax's stock sales after a massive data breach earlier this year, Reuters reported Tuesday.

Equifax, one of the country's three major credit bureaus, revealed this month that it had learned in July that a data breach may have compromised the personal information of 143 million Americans. 

Three Equifax executives, including the company's chief financial officer, John Gamble Jr., reportedly sold nearly $2 million worth of shares after learning of the data breach but before they made the hack public.


"If that happened, somebody needs to go to jail,” Heitkamp said at the National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions' conference in Washington Tuesday, according to Reuters.

“It’s a problem when people can act with impunity with no consequences," she added. "How is that not insider trading?” 

The top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee sent a letter to Equifax chairman and CEO Richard Smith on Monday seeking answers on the data breach. 

The FBI is also investigating the hack.