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Worker whose identity was stolen in UPMC security breach talks to Channel 11



PITTSBURGH - A worker whose identity was stolen in a UPMC security breach spoke with Channel 11 Wednesday.

The woman doesn’t want her identity revealed because she’s still a UPMC employee.

“The first day, I was stunned.  The second day, I was angry, and then I got scared,” said the woman.

UPMC announced the security breach earlier this month.  Employee’s personal information was targeted, accessed and then used to file fraudulent income tax returns.

Initially 22 victims were reported, and then that has jumped to 322.

“Since this is an ongoing investigation in collaboration with the FBI, United States Postal Inspection Service, Secret Service and Internal Revenue Service, we cannot comment on the scope," a UPMC spokesperson said.

The woman Channel 11 talked to said the tax return was illegally filed by someone else.

“I went to file them, and it said they could not be accepted because there were already forms in process,” she said.  “Anything that had my social security number attached to it, I had to change numbers."