Identity Theft Affects Small Group of Tri‐County Employees

Wadena, MN – March 1, 2016 – Tri‐County Health Care officials are taking a proactive approach to employee
reports of personal tax information being compromised. In the last week, a small number of Tri‐County employees have
reported tax filing concerns of duplicate tax returns being filed with the IRS.
These concerns come at the same time as the Internal Revenue System (IRS) has reported an increased number
of tax payer accounts victimized in its “Get Transcript” breach. More than 700,000 tax payers may have had their
personal information stolen according to a recent report by the USA Today. It is part of a growing trend in which cyber
thieves acquire personal information that allows them to impersonate a real taxpayer.
“We take the security of our employee’s personal information very seriously,” said Joel Beiswenger, Tri‐County
Health Care President and CEO. “We believe this situation is manifesting itself through duplicate tax returns and
unfortunately we seem to be part of a growing trend nationwide.”
Tri‐County Health Care has hired an independent firm to investigate the situation. At this time, there is no
evidence indicating that private patient records or financial information have been compromised. “We take every
precaution necessary to ensure our patients’ information is protected,” said Beiswenger.
Tri‐County Health Care officials encourage anyone who is concerned about their private information to contact
Kris Anderson, Privacy Manager at 218‐631‐7504.
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