Establishing Digital Trust: Don't Sacrifice Security for Convenience
Oliver Gayle, 43, of Miami, Fla., was recently sentenced to 51 months in prison, to be followed by two years of supervised release, for his involvement in an identity theft tax refund scheme leveraging patient information stolen from Miami's Mount Sinai Medical Center.
Gayle, a former temporary employee of the Mount Sinai Medical Center, pled guilty on October 23, 2013 to one count of possession of 15 or more unauthorized access devices, three counts of aggravated identity theft, and one count of possessing, using and attempting to use a U.S. visa knowing it to be forged, counterfeited, altered and falsely made.
When officers from the Aventura Police Department stopped a car driven by Gayle on February 27, 2013, they found a bag containing photocopies of checks and billing statements from Mount Sinai Medical Center, along with more than 100 printouts listing patients' names, birthdates, Social Security numbers and addresses.
During a search of Gayle's home, officers found more printouts listing patient data, copies of U.S. Treasury checks, tax returns issued in other people's names, a Jamaican passport in Gayle's name containing a counterfeit U.S. visa, a Mount Sinai Medical Center ID badge with Gayle's name and photo, and a document titled "HIT LIST" with a list of names, Social Security numbers and birthdates.