Former Nursing Home Licensed Practical Nurse Sentenced to Two Years in Prison For Stealing Patients' IDs
(Norfolk, Va) - Erica Shanta Fowler, 27, of Virginia Beach, Va., was sentenced today in Norfolk federal court to two years in prison for aggravated identity theft and stealing identity information belonging to nursing home patients. Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, made the announcement after Fowler was sentenced by Senior United States District Judge Robert G. Doumar. Fowler previously pleaded guilty on October 20, 2009.
According to court documents, Fowler worked as a licensed practical nurse at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, a nursing facility in Virginia Beach. From May to July, 2008, Fowler accessed and stole identity information from at least nine residents. She then used the personal identity information to open and modify credit card accounts, to make more than $14,000 in purchases using the stolen information. The residents were later reimbursed by the credit card lending institutions. Judge Doumar also ordered Fowler to pay $14,301.61 in restitution to the financial institutions and the Army and Air Force Exchange System which had ultimately suffered the losses.
The U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Virginia Beach Police Department investigated the case. Assistant United States Attorney James A. Metcalfe prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/vae. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.uspci.uscourts.gov.