Woman Charged with Stealing Identities of 500 Alabamians

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Attorney General Troy King said a woman who works for the company that processes Alabama Medicaid claims
has been charged with stealing the identities of nearly 500 Alabamians.

Kwantrice Thornton, who is 24, was charged with stealing the information from Electronic Data Systems Incorporated.

King said the theft was part of a Medicaid and tax fraud scheme that included selling 50 of the identities to other people.

Thornton was charged with trafficking in stolen identities and violating the Alabama Computer Crimes Act, The Birmingham News reported today. King said Thornton turned herself in and was released on $5,000 bond.

King said all of those whose identities were stolen were notified by the state in February. They have been offered free credit-monitoring services and identity theft assistance.

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