Ball State University has launched a new identity theft information line after learning at least 80 school employees are victims of tax return fraud.
According to the Star-Press of Muncie, 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, said he believes the identity thefts are connected to the recent cyberattack on Indianapolis-based health care insurer Anthem Inc., which covers Ball State employees.