According to the UC Irving Police 93 UCI graduates and medical students who graduated between 2006 – 2007 have had their identities stolen. Perhaps not in the traditional way but all 93 of them have been informed by the IRS that they have already filed their Tax returns. The identity thieves, whoever they may be, are filing false tax returns in their names and collecting the money.
Filing false tax returns is a crime that doesn’t take money directly out of your pocket but does prevent you front collecting from the government what is yours. According to the IRS the students will eventually receive their tax returns, whoever the bigger problem is who has the information and what else are they going to do with it. With the information needed to file a tax return the criminal could do just about anything including apply for credit cards and opening bank accounts.
Another big question is how did the information get out. The University is working hard to figure that out and is still looking for the solution. There is no sign that the University’s computer systems have been breached, but the University will continue its investigation until it finds answers.