IA: Man linked to University of Northern Iowa data breach arrested on identity theft charges

Jeff Reinitz reports:

 A Georgia resident linked to the University of Northern Iowa data breach has been charged as part of a tax refund scheme in Iowa.

More than 100 UNI employees reported receiving rejection letters from the IRS when they filed their taxes in 2014. That was because someone had already filed taxes on their behalf and collected their refunds.

On Friday, officials with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Iowa filed an information charging 45-year-old Bernard Ogie Oretekor with theft of government property and aggravated identity theft.

Read more on WCF Courier. It’s not clear how he allegedly obtained the UNI employees’ identity information.

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