Former Johns Hopkins Employee Indicted in Identity Theft Scheme

BALTIMORE — A federal grand jury indicted a former Johns Hopkins Hospital employee on fraud and identity theft charges for using patient information to obtain instant credit.

Jasmine Smith, who was employed at the hospital from August 2007 to March 2009, is suspected of giving the names, Social Security numbers, birth dates and addresses of patients to four of her friends so they could open credit cards, according to FierceHealthcare.com. The group was able to obtain more that $600,000 in credit from more than 50 banks, department stores and popular merchandise chains.

Each defendant faces fraud and aggravated identity theft charges. If convicted, each faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison for conspiracy to commit bank fraud and two years in prison for aggravated identity theft.

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