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ASU warns employees of tax return fraud

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - At least twenty five Arkansas State University employees are victims of fraudulent filing of federal tax returns. 

The number jumped from 16 to 25 employees in just one day. Len Frey, ASU's vice chancellor, said they still don't know just how widespread this situation is but it is under investigation. 

 "We have a task force that has been working on this for the last 48 hour," Frey said.

He said he was informed of the situation after overhearing employees talk about IRS forms they had received in the mail. The employees learned that someone had accessed their personal information and a tax return was filed under their social security number.

"Initially I think we had 9 names,"Frey said. "Yesterday we had 16 names and today that number has grown to 25 individuals who have notified us."

The university still doesn't know just how this information got out. Frey said he believes that there was a breach of information, and that information is consistent with what ASU would have on their employees. 

"We don't know if it's a breach on our campus or if it's a breach with a third party vendor who would also have access to the information," Frey said.

Some employees were notified when they tried to file a return and others had not filed but started getting forms from the IRS.

"Anything that anyone could do to protect their identity they should do it," Frey said.

The university is encouraging employees to take preventative security measures while the investigation is underway.

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