Stevens Point, Wis. - Sentry Insurance, a property, casualty and life insurance provider for personal and commercial customers, reported today that personal information on more than 112,000 of its customers was stolen, and that data on 72 of them was sold over the Internet.

The U.S. Secret Service is investigating. Sentry said the thief was "a lead programmer/consultant from a nationally recognized computer contractor hired by the insurance firm." The consultant's job required him to have access to Sentry claimant data, the company said.

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