Hospital Employee, Accomplice Jailed for Using Stolen Patient Data to Commit Tax Fraud
Shalamar Major and Tanisha Wright were sentenced to 18 months and 40 months in prison, respectively.
Shalamar Major, 32, and Tanisha Wright, 27, both of Deerfield Beach, Fla., were recently sentenced to 18 months and 40 months in prison, respectively, for using patient information stolen from Florida's Boca Raton Regional Hospital for tax fraud.
Major was also ordered to pay $15,795 in restitution to the IRS, and Wright was ordered pay $174,130.
According to court documents, Major used her position as scheduler at Boca Raton Regional Hospital in 2012 to access patients' personal information, including their names, birthdates and Social Security numbers.
She then provided Wright with several patients' personal information in exchange for the promise of future payments, and Wright used that information to file fraudulent tax returns in the victims' names.
The fraudulent returns claimed refunds that were sent to prepaid debit cards Wright had stolen out of the U.S. mail. She filed at least 57 fraudulent tax returns requesting $306,720 in refunds, which she split with Major.
Major and Wright both pled guilty in May 2013.