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Rhode Island College billed $156K for iPad usage in possible fraud case – WPRI 12 Eyewitness News

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Rhode Island College received a bill well above six figures for data usage on an iPad issued to a college administrator, the Target 12 Investigators have learned.

RIC Associate Director of Communications Kristy dosReis said the exact charge from Verizon is $156,674.82 for a device assigned to an administrative team member who was on a personal vacation in July and authorized to use the device.

dosReis would not identify the administrator nor say where they were when the possible breach occurred.

“The root cause appears to be the WiFi network used,” dosReis said. “The employee was waiting to receive college documents and used the iPad to check email and edit the documents while away.”

According to dosReis, RIC is working with Verizon to resolve “what we believe was a case of fraud.”

“Upon review by our IT security staff of the volume, location and data usage history, it is clear that the iPad’s hot spot was compromised,” dosReis said.

dosReis insisted the $156,000 bill is not an indicator of a broader security problem.

“We are extremely committed to maintaining the security of our data,” dosReis said. “In this case, there was not much we could have done to prevent the fraudulent activity.”

Verizon North East Market Public Relations Manager David Weissmann said he wanted to check with RIC before commenting on the incident. 

Send tips to Target 12 Investigator Walt Buteau at wbuteau@wpri.com and follow him on Twitter @wbuteau.

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