Norfolk Phlebotomist to Serve Two Years for Stealing Patient Identity Data
NORFOLK, Va. – Fairon Williams, 28, of Norfolk, VA, was sentenced today in Norfolk federal court to two years in prison for stealing patient identity information and providing it to others involved in a scheme to obtain fraudulent loans from a local credit union.
Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, made the announcement after Senior United States District Judge Robert G. Doumar, Sr. imposed the sentence. Williams previously pled guilty to engaging in aggravated identity theft while working in a local medical office.
According to court documents, during 2010 Fairon Williams worked as a phlebotomist for a medical office in Norfolk. In February 2010, Williams met Christopher Moore at a local nightclub. At the time, Moore conducted and led a scheme to defraud the Navy Federal Credit Union. As part of this scheme, Moore, Darnell Barnwell, and others sought and obtained the identity information of others, without their knowledge, and then impersonated the victims in dealings with Navy Federal. Moore submitted online applications in the victims’ names seeking loans to buy used cars and motorcycles. In fact, however, no vehicles were being bought and sold because Moore simply wanted to obtain the loan checks and cash out the proceeds for himself and his co-conspirators. Moore also opened credit card accounts in the victims’ names and obtained cash advances against such accounts.
In February 2010, Moore solicited and Williams agreed to assist him with the scheme. Williams did so by supplying Moore with the identity information for approximately 14 patients from the medical office where she worked. Also, at Moore’s request, Williams placed several calls to Navy Federal and impersonated a victim account holder while inquiring about the status of a loan application previously submitted by Moore. After receiving identity information from Williams, Moore used it to successfully obtain $131,100 in fraudulent loans and cash advances from Navy Federal in the identity theft victims’ names.
Christopher Moore and Darnell Barnwell were previously charged and convicted in federal court for their roles in the scheme and are serving sentences of 102 and 56 months, respectively.
This case was investigated by the United States Secret Service, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, and the Newport News Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Robert Krask is prosecuting 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.justice.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 https://pcl.uscourts.gov.