Former Nurse Aide Jailed for Identity Theft

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Emmanuel Effiong, 36, formerly of Virginia Beach, Va., was recently sentenced to 81 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiracy to defraud the government and aggravated identity theft.

Effiong pled guilty on October 11, 2013.

He and his co-defendant Festus Ighalo, who were nurse aides at Sentara Healthcare's Virginia Beach General Hospital in Virginia Beach, Va., used their positions at the hospital to access thousands of patients' personally identifiable information, including names, birthdates and Social Security numbers.

They and several accomplices then used that information to file fraudulent tax returns seeking more than $116,000 in refunds.

Ighalo and Effiong were indicted in August of 2013.

Ighalo also pled guilty, and is scheduled to be sentenced on January 24, 2014.