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UPMC data breach, ID theft more expansive than thought

| Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

A Plum woman who works for UPMC St. Margaret in Aspinwall told borough police that she is one of the victims affected by a data breach and identity theft scheme affecting employees of the hospital system.

The employee reported that on Feb. 11 she was notified by the IRS that someone intercepted her $2,300 federal tax return. The individual gave a routing number to a bank in California and had deposited the money into the account, according to the police report.

The employee told borough police that the IRS, FBI and Secret Service are investigating.

Police advised the employee to contact her bank, credit card companies and major credit bureaus concerning the incident.

As many as 322 UPMC employees have been affected by the breach, the system said last week.

The breach allowed someone to use the employees' personal information to electronically file fraudulent income tax returns.

The breach at UPMC spawned a class-action lawsuit filed last week in Alle­gheny County Common Pleas Court that claims UPMC was negligent by failing to guard the sensitive information in its care.

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