On August 14, 2014 the Sun Sentinel released an article on a former medical assistant pleading guilty to identity theft in Hollywood, Florida. Federal prosecutors state that La Toya Yvette Tillman, 33, used her work computer to obtain the personal information of 2,000 people. Tillman sold the identities of 2,000 Florida residents at the cost of $1.00 each to a man named Hadrick Smith. According to the U.S. Attorney’s office Smith used the information to file fraudulent tax returns.
Since 2012 Tillman has been under investigation for stealing the identities of thousands of South Florida residents from the Memorial Healthcare System database. The 33-year-old woman admitted to one count of possessing unauthorized access devices and one count of aggravated identity theft.
Sentencing is scheduled for October 24 2014 before U.S. District Judge Darrin P. Gayle in Fort Lauderdale.
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Federal Identity Theft Charges and Consequences
Identity Theft and Assumption Deterrence Act of 1998 makes it a federal crime when an individual knowingly transfers or uses, the identification of another person with the intent to commit or aid an unlawful activity. Federal identity theft cases are prosecuted by the U.S. Department of Justice and in most cases result in the maximum penalty of 15 years imprisonment.
Arrangements to commit identify theft or fraud may involve violations of other statues such as computer fraud. Each of these federal offenses is a felony with serious penalties and in some cases result in prison sentences.
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