Imposter posed as superintendent, obtained school employees’ W-2 forms in Groton

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GROTON —  Police are investigating after an impostor posed as the Groton superintendent of schools and obtained employees W-2 forms.

The Day reports employees in the business office received an email from a person who pretended to be Superintendent Michael Graner, asking for W-2 forms of approximately 1,300 public school employees. The employees replied with the file of all the employee W-2 forms.

“Whoever this is, has all the information from the W-2 forms, which is of course a disaster,” Graner told The Day.

Graner’s account wasn’t hacked, police say. The email was sent from an address posing as his. A women who works in the business office told her husband, who works in cybersecurity, she had received an unusual request. The school department then determined that the strange email did not come Graner’s email.

FBI contacted Graner and they told him the email came from overseas and had been sent to thousands of other school districts, The Day reports. The school department also reached out to its insurance agency where they paid for a credit monitoring plan to protect their employees.

Graner told The Day he has not decided if disciplinary action will be taken regarding the employees, because his main focus at the moment is handling this situation the best way possible.