A student at Ivy Tech Community College’s Madison campus in Indiana stole student campus card numbers and used them to make thousands of dollars in fraudulent purchases on the campus’ bookstore website.
As reported by local news affiliate WDRB, Indiana State Police have arrested the 20-year-old student from the neighboring town of Versailles, Indiana. According to police reports, the suspect is also a student at the Madison campus where she stole the ID card numbers from fellow students. It remains undetermined how the suspect obtained the student ID numbers.
Police were first made aware of the fraudulent activity in early September by Ivy Tech administrators, following a string of suspicious purchases made on the college’s online bookstore. College officials noticed that multiple shipments, totaling more than $7,000, had all been shipped to the suspect’s mailing address under various other student names.
The purchases were subsequently tracked back to an IP address at the suspect’s apartment in Versailles and also matched the suspect’s student login information. Once the fraud was uncovered, the Ivy Tech officials were able to block roughly half the purchases and issue refunds back to the students whose accounts were compromised in the fraudulent activity.
The suspect is now facing charges of identity deception, theft and fraud.