Wednesday, June 5, 2013

10 Years in Prison for Patient Identity Thief

A Montgomery Alabama woman, Rhashema Deramus has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for using Troy Regional Medical Center (TRMC) patient information to file fraudulent tax returns.

Ms. Deramus purchased the stolen identity information from Angeline Austin, who worked for a company that processed TRMC data; Ms. Austin was sentenced to 65 months in prison (we previously wrote about this case).

"Deramus and her associates stole 881 identities, including names, dates of birth and social security numbers, from TRMC and then used the stolen information to file tax returns."
- US Department of Justice
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Sources:
(a) Woman involved in hospital identity theft sentenced to 10 years - www.PHIprivacy.net, 05/23/2013

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