Miami Man Jailed for Tax Fraud Using Hospital Patients' Data

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Cristobal Raul Puig, 25, of Miami, Fla., was recently sentenced to 31 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for his involvement in a tax fraud scheme involving patient information stolen from the West Kendall Baptist Hospital.

Puig had previously pled guilty to one count of knowingly using, without lawful authority, the means of identification of another person, and one count of possessing 15 or more Social Security numbers of other persons, with corresponding names and dates of birth.

According to court documents, a West Kendall Baptist Hospital employee sold Puig the names, birthdates, Social Security numbers and mailing addresses of hospital patients, which Puig then used to file fraudulent income tax records.

When he was arrested, Puig was found to be in possession of a list containing 20 recent hospital patients' names, birthdates, Social Security numbers and mailing addresses.