NY: Ex-MCC student Terry Zimmerman says he stole others’ refunds to find HIV cure

Gary Craig reports:

A 19-year-old former Monroe Community College student maintains he stole from other college students via identity theft because he wanted to find a cure for the AIDS virus, authorities allege.

Rochester resident Terry Zimmerman, who assisted other MCC students with computer problems, used his access to steal their financial aid refunds, court papers allege. He is no longer a student, college officials have said.

Zimmerman told authorities that he stole the money “to help find a cure for HIV and because he owed money to others,” according to an affidavit from FBI Special Agent Barry Couch.


On Oct. 28, the FBI searched Zimmerman’s Judson Terrace home and found a composition book with the names, Social Security numbers and birthdates of five MCC students who had refunds stolen, authorities allege.

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