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Identities stolen from at least 80 Ball State employees

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) – Ball State University has launched a new identity theft information line after learning at least 80 school employees are victims of tax return fraud.

The (Muncie) Star Press reports the victims include an associate vice president, a dean, assistant deans, assistant department chairs, directors and other senior officials across multiple departments. Numerous faculty members also have filed police reports, but no clerical, maintenance, union or non-professional staff other than a couple of office coordinators have done so.

Some of the employees found out their identities had been stolen after receiving tax returns in the form of pre-paid cards that had already been used.

Gary Brossart, a local senior home health specialist, says he believes the identity thefts are connected to a recent cyberattack on a health care company covering Ball State employees.