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Health Department clerk arrested for ID theft
From: Erica Absetz <eabsetz () opensecurityfoundation org>
Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2013 10:23:18 -0500


A senior clerk at the Palm Beach Health Department was arrested
Tuesday and charged with using her job to steal identity information
from more than 2,800 patients.

Salita St. Simon, 30, of Belle Glade, was charged with identity theft,
said Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern
District of Florida, and Michael B. Steinbach, the FBISpecial Agent in
Charge in the Miami Field Office, according to the complaint.

If convicted, St. Simon faces up to five years in prison and three
years of supervised release.

According to the criminal complaint and information provided in court,
St. Simon was a senior clerk at thePalm Beach County Health Department
until earlier Tuesday.

For approximately the last year, St. Simon obtained patient
identification information, including patient names and Social
Security numbers, from the Health Department's computer system and
provided that information to her accomplices.

These accomplices, in turn, used the information to file fraudulent
tax returns seeking the patients' refunds. Over the last year, St.
Simon stole more than 2,800 patients' information in this way.
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