Baltimore Woman Sentenced for Bank Fraud and Aggravated Identity Theft

Stole and Used the Identifying Information and Bank Accounts of Patients and Employees at Assisted Living Facilities Where She Worked

September 9, 2011

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Benson E. Legg sentenced Phyllis Wilson, age 39, of Baltimore, Maryland, today to 27 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for bank fraud and aggravated identity theft, in connection with a scheme in which Wilson stole the personal identifying information of residents and employees at assisted living facilities where she was employed and used that information to open fraudulent accounts. Judge Legg also ordered Wilson to pay restitution of $128,621.81.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Barbara Golden of the United States Secret Service – Baltimore Field Office; Special Agent in Charge Nicholas DiGiulio, Office of Investigations, Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS-OIG); and Chief James W. Johnson of the Baltimore County Police Department.

According to Wilson’s plea agreement, between 2004 and June 2009 , Wilson used her positions at four assisted living facilities in the Baltimore area to steal credit cards, check books, personnel records and other documents with personal identifying information, such as names, addresses, social security numbers of at least patients and employees. She used the information to open new, fraudulent accounts in the names of the victims, and to take over existing accounts of the victims for her own benefit without intending to pay for the purchases.

Wilson used the existing accounts and new accounts to obtain cell phones; purchase merchandise including clothing, personal items; obtain telephone and television services; and purchase food. Wilson also used the victims’ bank accounts to pay personal bills, including utility and cell phone bills, and DirectTV service. Wilson used debit and credit cards to withdraw funds through the ATM machine to obtain cash. Losses associated to the victims total over $120,000.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the U.S. Secret Service, HHS-OIG and the Baltimore County Police Department for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorney Paul E. Budlow, who prosecuted the case.

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