JONESBORO Arkansas State University said it believes some of its employees' federal tax returns have been fraudulently filed.
The university said in a news release Tuesday that employees, who had yet to file returns for 2012, alerted the department of finance and administration Monday of receiving letters from the Internal Revenue Service pertaining to refunds. Arkansas State says 16 employees are known to have received the letter.
"The information we have received appears to indicate that someone has fraudulently obtained personal information and used it to file tax returns," Vice Chancellor for Finance Len Frey said in the release.
The university called the matter "very serious" and said it will take any steps necessary to determine what happened.
Employees have been asked by the university to take preventative financial security measures.
Read tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for more details.