Monday, June 2, 2014

D.C. Hospital Worker Pleads Guilty to ID Theft

Detrius Elliott pleaded guilty today to stealing numerous identities belonging to financial guarantors of patients at a Washington, D.C. hospital, as part of a large identity theft ring operating in the area.

Elliott admitted to stealing names, addresses, dates of birth, and Social Security numbers from the billing database of the Washington hospital where she was employed. Elliott provided the identities to co-conspirators, who used the identities to obtain fraudulent driver’s licenses and open instant lines of credit and rent vehicles under the victims’ names.

"Elliott admitted to stealing names, addresses, dates of birth, and Social Security numbers from the billing database of the Washington hospital where she worked."
- US Department of Justice, Eastern District of Virginia
It is unclear how the identity thefts were discovered; often law enforcement, rather than the healthcare organization, are the first to know about ID thefts. Organizations seeking to proactively detect identity theft and privacy data breaches can utilize low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.
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Sources:
(a) Washington, D.C. Hospital Worker Pleads Guilty To Identity Theft - www.Justice.gov, 05/29/2014

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