Identity thieves target more than 300 UPMC workers

PITTSBURGH (AP) – The number of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center employees targeted by identity thieves in a bogus federal tax return scheme is now more than 300.

The hospital network tells said that it  is continuing to work with the Internal Revenue Service and other federal investigators to determine the scope of the scam.

When UPMC first confirmed the problem last month, officials believed just 22 workers were affected as part of a broader identity theft scheme.

The IRS says 1.2 million taxpayers were the victims of similar fraud in the 2012 fiscal year. The agency intercepted about 5 million bogus returns for the 2012 tax year.

The U.S. attorney’s office in Pittsburgh confirmed that federal authorities are investigating. The IRS isn’t releasing details because it doesn’t publicly comment about ongoing investigations.

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