A Riverside woman faces sentencing in March in two separate cases including the theft of personal information of more than 50 patients of a Long Beach residential medical facility.
Bridgette Jackson, 45, was convicted by a federal jury Wednesday of conspiring to possess more than 15 identities, possessing more than 15 identities, and aggravated identity theft, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Jackson’s aunt — who testified for the prosecution — was an employee at the now-closed Hillcrest Care Center and had access to all patient files.
According to her testimony, Jackson approached her aunt and asked for personal identifying information of patients. The aunt copied or wrote down personal identifying information and provided it to Jackson on three separate occasions.
Jackson then used that information to help others file false tax returns in the names of the patients and keep the refunds for themselves, evidence showed.
When law enforcement executed a search warrant on Jackson’s home, officers seized about more than 50 Hillcrest medical records, along with almost 70 other identity profiles. They included names, social security numbers, and dates of birth of individuals other than Jackson, authorities said.
Law enforcement also seized over 50 prepaid debit cards in names of people other than Jackson.
“This identity theft scheme targeted vulnerable victims,” Los Angeles U.S. Attorney Eileen M. Decker said. “The victims included elderly patients at a convalescent home and a 28-year-old woman with a traumatic brain injury who has lived in a 24-hour nursing facility since she was 16.”
At sentencing March 7, Jackson faces a federal prison term ranging from two to 17 years, prosecutors said.
In the second case, Jackson pleaded guilty last year in Riverside federal court to conspiring to commit credit card fraud and faces up to five years incarceration when she is sentenced on March 28.
–City News Service