JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office has arrested two former medical clinic employees believed to be selling the identities of patients.
Police arrested 25-year-old Arthur Corey Thomas, Jr. believed to have stolen thousands of identities in order to sell them for profit. The arrest comes after an investigation by the State Attorney's Office, United States Secret Service and the Internal Revenue Service.
Police say the agencies tracked the security breach to Thomas in October 2012. They say he was an employee of the UF & Shands Hospital in Gainesville and believe that's where he stole the information.
Police pulled Thomas over for speeding on October 12, 2012. Inside the car, they found a bag containing personal information of approximately 1,600 people. The information includes names, dates of birth and social security numbers. Police say the majority of the identities appear to be on a computer generated appointment sheet.
Several debit cards not belonging to Thomas were also found in the bag.
Thomas is charged with Fraudulent Use of Personal Identification Information.
The second suspect arrested in the case is 24-year-old Daremia Nikeka Crews.
Investigators say they interviewed two people in an identity theft case in October 2012. One of those people gave investigators a cell phone containing thousands of text messages and pictures. The photos included pictures of documents containing patient information including names, birth dates and social security numbers.
Police say some of the documents were from the Brentwood Primary Center, an affiliate of UF & Shands Jacksonville. They say the information came from a phone number belonging to Crews.
Crews was later determined to be an intern at Brentwood Primary Care during the time the photos were taken.
Crews is charged with Fraudulent Use of Personal Identification Information.
UF & Shands announced Tuesday they are sending notifications to 1,025 patients that their information may have been compromised. They say in all 14,330 patients are at risk.
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