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Miami VA Hospital employee charged with identity theft

Miami Herald, December 8, 2011
An employee at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Miami has been charged with selling the personal identities of disabled patients who receive services at the hospital, authorities said Wednesday. Tarakesha Kendrick, 32, of Miami, will be arraigned Monday on charges of aggravated identity theft and unlawfully selling the personal information of at least 22 military veterans, according to a federal indictment filed Tuesday. The investigation into alleged ID theft began last year when the VA's Office of Inspector General received several complaints from veterans who reported their identities had been stolen and unauthorized credit card accounts opened in their names at Citibank, authorities said.