Friday, May 30, 2014

Health Department Insider Sentenced for ID Theft, Tax Fraud

An employee used her access to a health department database to steal patient information of 1,858 people, which was used by others to obtain fraudulent federal tax refunds.

A federal judge sentenced Salita St. Simon to two years in prison for the identity thefts and she was ordered to pay $19,000 in restitution.

"St. Simon stole identifying information of 1,858 people, which was used by others to obtain fraudulent federal tax refunds."
- US District Court, Southern District of Florida
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Sources:
(a) Former Palm Beach County Health Department employee sentenced in data theft for tax refund fraud scheme - www.PHIprivacy.net, 05/18/2014

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