- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 13, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The state watchdog says the government accepted dozens of fraudulent student aid applications that used the identities of 62 Ohio prison inmates.

Ohio Inspector General Randall Meyer said Tuesday the federal government paid $422,523 to suspects who filed fraudulent applications using inmate IDs.

Meyer says the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction failed to follow state policies meant to maintain electronic records’ security.

Watchdog investigators determined that numerous individuals inside and outside the prisons agency had access to inmates’ confidential personal information.

Meyer has asked the prisons agency to respond within two months and recommends it comply with Ohio government policies on data classification and data encryption.

The prisons agency says it’s developing ways to prevent such things from happening in the future.

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