Susan Harris convicted of stealing identities of hospital patients

5:47 PM, Dec 5, 2012   |    comments
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East St. Louis, Ill. (KSDK) - A woman accused of stealing the identities of hospital patients has been found guilty.

U.S. Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton says 28-year-old Susan L. Harris of Belleville, Illinois was convicted Wednesday of aggravated identity theft and conspiracy to commit mail fraud.

During Harris' two day trial, evidence was presented showing she conspired with co-defendant Ashley Drummond at a southern Illinois hospital to steal identity information from elderly patients and try to open credit cards in those names.

Court documents state Drummond transported patients at the hospital and would steal information from their charts.

Drummond pleaded guilty to her role on November 19, 2012 and said that after she stole the information she would call Harris to talk about which accounts they should open with the information obtained.

Harris was caught on a retail store surveillance camera using one of the credit cards she opened with the identity of a 90-year-old woman who lived in an assisted living center.

Sentencing for Harris is scheduled for March 25, 2013. She faces up to 20 years in prison, a fine up to $250,000, three years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment for the mail fraud conviction.

For the identity theft conviction, Harris faces up to two years in prison consecutive to any other sentence, one year of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.


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