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Canadian university card manager creates bogus debit cards, steals $30,000

Friday, February 18, 2011

A student manager at the Kitchener, Ontario campus of Wilfrid Laurier University, stole some $30,000 by issuing fake campus debit cards, some in the names of comic book characters.

The scheme, which took place between 2001 and 2007, was first detected by another employee in the office.


A later audit that cost the school $100,000 led to the arrest of Nikola Tomljenovic, 43. A prosecutor said Tomljenovic, who pleaded guilty, used his access and knowledge of the university’s debit card system to create nine cards under fictitious names, including Thomas Wayne, the father of Batman, and Richard Grayson, Robin’s secret identity.

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Contract changes and expirations have caused a crunch for University of Chicago students looking to top up their ID cards with laundry funds.

The University removed cash-to-card machines from residence halls at the beginning of this academic year, leaving students with just two locations at which they can reload their ID cards for laundry. Now, rather than having machines located in residence halls, the students must report to two central locations, a campus convenience store and Bartlett Hall, a highly trafficked building that contains a dining hall, and other student resources.

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Indiana University’s Student Association has passed a resolution that will allow students’ preferred names to appear on their IDs rather than their legal names.

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St. Edward’s University, like many other institutions, uses student ID cards for physical access to campus buildings as well as to make purchases on campus. These functions are in place as a safety measure and St. Edward’s is making sure to stress this to its students.

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Universities nationwide have been routinely phasing out metal keys for door access for quite some time now, and Texas Christian is the latest university to join the trend.

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February 21, 2011 6:18 PM

Wilfrid Laurier University is located in Waterloo, Ontario. The story can also be found here: http://www.thecord.ca/articles/42733

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