ID thieves target school employees' tax returns

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) - Officials at a northwestern Indiana school district say someone has been trying to obtain income tax refunds that are owed to its employees.

Munster schools Superintendent Richard Sopko says his payroll department told him that tax returns for a few district employees had already been submitted when they tried to file them. He says the payroll employees told him that they are working with Internal Revenue Service investigators.

The Times ( ) reports that tax refunds went to an unknown person's credit card. Sopko says as far as district officials know, the scheme isn't widespread.

The IRS told The Associated Press Tuesday that it can't confirm that there is an investigation.

Sopko says he doesn't believe the information was gleaned from personnel records.

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