Former Health Department Employee Charged with Fraud
Stolen patient data was used to file fraudulent tax returns, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.
Thea V. Green, 25, was recently arrested on fraud charges related to her alleged involvement in the 2012 theft of patient data from Florida's Palm Beach County Health Department. Green earned an annual salary of $22,801 for her job at the health department, where she had extensive access to patient records.
"Palm Beach County Sheriff’s investigators found that 'several' accounts had been opened at a Wells Fargo bank in Belle Glade," writes The Palm Beach Post's Alexandra Seltzer. "The accounts were funded by fraudulent tax returns. ... The sheriff’s office was notified in May when a UPS store employee found a package containing patients’ personal information. Green allegedly came into the store in Riviera Beach to ship a card overnight to Jacksonville and paid $36 to have it get there by the next day.
The supervisor thought it was strange that the woman would pay so much for just a card."
"Inside, she found papers marked with the handwritten personal information of several people," writes The South Florida Sun-Sentinel's Ed Komenda. "The package never hit the mail truck. It landed in the hands of detectives instead. Green had planned to send the package to a person named 'TuTu' in Jacksonville. During a previous identity theft investigation, detectives had identified 'TuTu' as Carmel Linot, 23, who was accused of recruiting high school students to open bank accounts used solely for the deposit of fraudulent tax returns."
"Those who have used Palm Beach County Health Department clinics in the past are asked to check credit histories and contact the Health Department, the FTC and the IRS if they have questions," writes WPTV's Ashleigh Walters.