BOSTON - A former employee of Tufts Health Plan was convicted yesterday by a federal jury in Boston of stealing the identifying information of over 3,000 Medicare customers.
Lynrolte Cezaire, 29, of Medford, was convicted following a seven-day jury trial of unlawfully disclosing Social Security numbers and aggravated identity theft. U.S. District Court Judge George A. O’Toole, Jr. scheduled sentencing for July 13, 2017. Cezaire currently works at Adoption Resource Associates.
From 2011 to 2014, Cezaire worked in the Medicare enrollment department at Tufts Health Plan in Watertown. During her employment, Cezaire helped a coworker, Emeline Lubin, photograph Cezaire’s computer screen while it displayed lists of Medicare customers’ names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers. Lubin then gave the information to Sniders Jean-Jacques, a Florida man, who, along with Lubin’s brother, Marvin Lubin, was involved in a scheme to use stolen identities to steal Social Security benefits and to file false tax returns to collect the refunds.
The charge of aggravated identity theft provides for a mandatory sentence of two years in prison. The charge of unlawfully disclosing Social Security numbers provides for a sentence of no greater than five years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss, whichever is greater. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
Acting United States Attorney William D. Weinreb; Scott Antolik, Special Agent in Charge of the Office of Inspector General, Social Security Administration, Office of Investigations – Boston Field Division; Phillip Coyne, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General; Joel P. Garland, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation in Boston; and Stephen A. Marks, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Secret Service, Boston Field Office, made the announcement. Assistance was also provided by the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy Landry and Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Richardson of Weinreb’s Major Crimes Unit are prosecuting the case.