Police Arrest Texas Man In Cal Identity Theft Case

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) - Authorities have arrested a 27-year-old Texas man in an identity theft case that affected more than one thousand students at a Southern California university.

University of California, Irvine campus police said Friday that suspect Michael Tyrone Thomas was arrested Tuesday at his Forth Worth home.

Authorities believe Thomas breached computer security at UnitedHealthcare's offices in Dallas when he worked there and stole
the identities of the UCI graduate and medical students.

About 1,130 students were affected and fake tax returns were filed for at least 155 of them.

The Internal Revenue Service is also investigating and more arrests may follow.

Thomas is being held on $300,000 bail in Dallas County, Texas, on a charge of fraud.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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