Man stole students’ info to file fake tax refunds but didn’t earn a dime, feds say

A 39-year-old man managed to hack student and staff emails at two Philadelphia-area colleges — and obtain their personal identifying information — but he didn’t make a dime in his failed tax return fraud attempt, authorities say.

Timothy Spillane of Chester Springs pleaded guilty in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to “accessing a protected computer network without authorization” in the incident, according to a Jan. 24 news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Authorities say Spillane hacked into the emails of about 25 college students and staff before obtaining identifying information, including W-2 tax forms and student financial information.

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