Two student employees from Eastern Michigan University have been brought up on charges relating to the theft of about 58 student identities including, Social Security Numbers, dates of birth and names. They then used this stolen information to file false IRS tax returns. The victims learned of the crimes when they themselves filed tax returns, only to find they had been rejected due to their details being already filed.
One member of the Eastern Michigan University, Walter Kraft, said “They find out that somebody else has already filed, and so their tax return is not allowed to be processed.”
Due to the nature of the documents and their contents it wasn’t only students who were targeted. Some of their parents were also victims ad are said to be having the same problems.
Upon discovery of their crimes, the two students were dismissed and the university alerted the authorities immediately. They explain that all the routine background and criminal checks are always administered for each new student employee. They have also offered help to those affected and told all individuals who they suspect have been targeted.
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