OMC Employees File Taxes, Find Returns Sent Elsewhere

Updated: 02/14/2014 10:57 PM
Created: 02/14/2014 10:49 PM
By: Jenna Lohse

(ABC 6 News) -- Some Olmsted Medical Center employees are feeling the effects of the data breach. A current employee reached out to ABC 6 with concerns saying even their kids' social security numbers were stolen. About a dozen others had their tax returns sent to someone else.

Rochester's Crime Prevention Specialist says the problem isn't just here. "It's the worse scenario we could possibly have,” said Darrel Hildebrant, Crime Prevention Specialist for the Rochester Police Department.  

Hildebrant says similar medical facilities have recently been hacked, one in Texas and the other in Wisconsin. "It looks like this may be an outside ring or someone from outside hitting medical communities,” said Hildebrant

If that's the case, Hildebrant says the stolen social security numbers will most likely be sold and those buying will contact you to verify your identity.

"Do not answer any unsolicited voicemails, emails anything like this,” said Hildebrant.

Another crucial step to take after your identities been stolen is to immediately check your credit score and continue to check it every three months. "You can see if there's been any new accounts that is opened that you didn't open yourself,” said Hildebrant.

Hildebrant says 15 OMC employees have filed police reports. Some of which had their tax information stolen. Now the IRS has sent their tax returns to someone else.

"So far it's only been about two or three clients,” said Certified Public Accountant Timothy Tibor with Schumann Granahan Hesse & Wilson LTD. Accts. in Rochester. Tibor has seen this happen to a few of his clients. OMC employees come into to get their tax returns and some find out their returns have already been filed.

"We can usually within two to three hours find out if their returns been accepted or rejected,” said Tibor.

Often with an explanation that says you can't file a duplicate return. Tibor says these clients will eventually get their money. They have to file a paper return for the IRS which could take much longer.

But for Hildebrant, the real worry is someone cloning the identity of these employees.. and in some instances their families. "It's going to be with them for the rest of their lives,” said Hildebrant.

OMC is paying for one year of identity protection for employees, but Hildebrant suggests for them to renew it every year. He says once your identity is out there, there's no telling when it'll be used.