Lawsuit filed over Shorter University data theft

And so it begins…

A potential class-action lawsuit against Shorter University has been filed by a former student who became a victim of identity theft/tax refund fraud following the theft of records last year. Reports of identity theft related to tax refund fraud started emerging in February, and as of last week, there were over 30 reports.

Approximately 900 former athletes had their files with personal and some medical information stolen.

Alan Riquelmy of Rome News Tribune reports that Erin Bishop, a Shorter cheerleader from 2008 to 2009, says in her lawsuit that she is one of those who have had fraudulent tax returns filed on their behalf, and that in her case, it has affected her mortgage, her daughter’s college fund, and her ability to pay down her Shorter student loans.

The lawsuit was filed Friday in U.S. District Court.


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