Alabama Department of Public Health warns of possible data breach

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Alabama's Department of Public Health (ADPH) has sent letters to individuals whose personal information may have been compromised and used in a tax fraud scheme.

The U.S. Department of Justice's Tax Division informed ADPH of a case which involves the theft of personal information belonging to several entities, including ADPH, the Alabama Department of Corrections, Fort Benning, Ga., and other organizations in the Columbus, Ga., area, according to a victim notification post.

Information stolen from ADPH clients includes names, dates of birth, and Social Security numbers, according to the letter sent those affected by the breach. The information was used in a tax fraud operation in Alabama and Georgia where more than $20 million in fraudulent tax returns were filed.

Ten residents from Alabama and Georgia have been indicted for their involvement in the ruse, according to the Associated Press.

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