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2 FL Medical Office Workers Face Fraud Charges

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, April 11, 2011

Two medical office workers in south Florida have been indicted on HIPAA violations and related charges for their alleged roles in an identity theft ring that used stolen patient information to access to their bank and credit card accounts, federal prosecutors said.

According to the indictment, defendants Erica Hall, 27, and Sharelle Finnie, 22, worked as office assistants at two separate medical offices in Coral Springs and Fort Lauderdale, respectively. The pair allegedly swiped patient information, including names, dates of birth, social security numbers, and other medical information, and sold it to co-conspirators. If convicted of the HIPAA violations, Hall and Finnie each face a maximum statutory term of 10 years in prison, federal prosecutors said.

Ten other alleged members of the theft ring – all Florida residents -- also were indicted on bank fraud, identity theft, and related charges, including:  

  • Jasmin Rembert, 33, of Miramar;  
  • Rufus Bethea, 30, of Hollywood;
  • Bianca Cook, 21, of Lauderhill;
  • Courtney Gissendanner, 28, of Hollywood;
  • Brandi Johnson, 39, of Miramar;
  • Demarcus Hough, 30, of Ft. Lauderdale;
  • Darren Baldwin, 43, of Ft. Lauderdale;
  • Aaron Hough, 30, of Hollywood;
  • Minnie Powell, 49, of Pembroke Pines;
  • Eloise Sermons, 24, of West Park

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