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.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by TARNISHED ANGEL Location: EUFAULA on Aug 9, 2007 at 01:27 PM
    $5000.00 BOND FOR 500 STOLEN IDENTIES! SHE MOST LIKELY MADE MORE THAN $10,000.00 OFF THE ONES SHE SOLD.SHE WILL ALSO NEVER SPEND A DAY BEHIND BARS.SO MUCH FOR JUSTICE.
  • by Sunshine Location: GA on Aug 9, 2007 at 12:41 PM
    You know, I personally think that this is the same thing as breaking into 500 peoples houses and taking their belongings. People work hard to protect their credit (I know that me and my hunband do anyway) and to have someone ruin it by stealing personal information is horrible. Now these people are stuck with the duty of proving any discrepancies that they may have and that can take years to do. With identity theft as rampant as it is today, there needs to be strict punishment for the people involved. There is always somebody wanting something for nothing!!!!
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