Campus Cards, College and University Identification and Security

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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The University of Memphis’ Student Government Association has voted to enable the university’s student ID to be used at off-campus dining locations.

Memphis students can now use their Tiger Funds to pay for meals at local area restaurants. For now, the Daily Helmsman reports that the program will undergo a trial run with Garibaldi’s, Domino’s and Ubee’s – all restaurants located near the campus. More locations will be added as the program grows, however, and the Student Government Association claims there are already a number of local restaurants looking to sign up.

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Regulatory action is being proposed in the campus-banking sector, with the U.S. Department of Education releasing its first draft of regulations on campus debit cards that will effectively prohibit certain fees, constrain marketing practices and institute transparency regarding the college-card provider relationship.

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The University of New Brunswick is adding a unique feature to its campus ID by harkening back the oldest payment method around, cash.

The new university identification cards double as cash cards that can be used at selected businesses on campus. The new IDs have seemingly been a big hit, as an estimated 1,100 students have already made the switch to the new credential.

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NACCU 2014 gave conference attendees the opportunity to learn more about the proposed Department of Education regulations for campus banking partnerships. Presenters highlighted the clauses that could most acutely affect campus card systems. More than 200 campuses took advantage of the opportunity to learn about the pending rule changes.

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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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