Florida Health Department Clerk Charged With Identity Theft
Salita St. Simon allegedly stole more than 2,800 patients' personal data, which was then used to file fraudulent tax returns.
Salita St. Simon, 30, who until yesterday worked as a senior clerk at Florida's Palm Beach Health Department at an annual salary of $22,801, has been arrested and charged with stealing more than 2,800 patients' personal information, including their names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers.
"Federal prosecutors allege that, during the last year, St. Simon obtained patient identification information, including names and Social Security numbers from the health department’s computer system," writes The Palm Beach Post's Julius Whigham II. "She allegedly provided that information to accomplices."
"These accomplices, in turn, used the information to file fraudulent tax returns seeking the patients' refunds," The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports. "Over the last year, St. Simon stole more than 2,800 patients' information in this way."
"Palm Beach County Health Department spokesman Tim O'Connor urged any patients with a birth date between 1991 and 1996 to check their credit history," WPBF reports. "'Let us know if there's something funny about it,' he said."
If convicted, St. Simon faces up to five years in prison, plus three years of supervised release.