HOLY CROSS HOSPITAL IDENTITY THEFT RING MEMBERS PLEAD GUILTY AND ARE SENTENCED
Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Henry Gutierrez, Special Agent in Charge, United States Postal Inspection Service, announced yesterday’s sentencing of Albert A. Andrulonis, 27, of Davie, Florida, following his plea of guilty to charges of wire fraud, unauthorized use of an access device(debit card), and aggravated identity theft. U.S. District Court Judge Donald C. Middlebrooks sentenced Andrulonis to 132 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release.
According to statements made during the guilty plea on March 10, 2011, Andrulonis, working with co-defendant Jimmy Lee Theodore, used co-defendant Mildred Alexis to recruit Natasha Orr, an emergency room employee at Holy Cross Hospital, to steal patients’ personal information from emergency room records. Alexis also recruited Raushanah Bowleg, who worked for a doctor in Aventura, to steal similar patient information from her employer. Alexis then sold the stolen patient information obtained from Orr and Bowleg to Andrulonis. Alexis shared a portion of proceeds from the sale of the stolen information with Orr and Bowleg. Andrulonis and Theodore used the stolen patient information to gain on-line access to existing accounts and telephone banking services at J.P. Morgan Chase Bank and to make cash withdrawals and purchase money orders through ATM machines.
At sentencing, the court held Andrulonis responsible for a $417,000 loss incurred by Holy Cross Hospital due to the identity theft and a $171,250 loss incurred by J.P. Morgan Chase Bank. The court also found that Andrulonis was the manager of the operation, that the fraud used sophisticated means, and affected at least 250 victims.
Co-defendants Theodore, Orr, Alexis, and Bowleg and have all either pled guilty or are awaiting sentence. On April 6, 2011, co-defendant Jimmy Lee Theodore pled guilty to wire fraud, unauthorized use of an access device(debit card) and aggravated identity theft. He is scheduled to be sentenced on June 20, 2011. On April 15, 2010, Orr was sentenced to 24 months in prison, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release. On May 25 , 2011, Alexis was sentenced to 40 months in prison, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release. On May 27, 2011, Bowleg, 30 of Miami, pled guilty to wrongful disclosure of individually identifiable health information. Sentencing is scheduled for August 15, 2011.
Mr. Ferrer thanked the U.S. Postal Inspection Service for their work on this case. Mr. Ferrer also thanked Holy Cross Hospital for its cooperation in this investigation. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Lanigan.
A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.