Photo via Wikimedia Commons.
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A Riverside woman was sentenced Monday to five years in federal prison for stealing the private information of dozens of elderly patients at a Long Beach convalescent facility.

Bridgette Jackson, 45, was also ordered by U.S. District Judge Manuel L. Real to serve three years of supervised release after she gets out of prison, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

A restitution hearing date was not immediately set for Jackson, whose victims included a 28-year-old woman with a traumatic brain injury who has lived in a 24-hour nursing facility since she was 16.

Jackson was convicted by a Los Angeles federal jury in January of possessing — and conspiring to possess — more than 15 identities, as well as aggravated identity theft.

According to testimony, an employee at the now-closed Hillcrest Care Center provided Jackson with patient files. Jackson then used that information to help others file false tax returns in the names of the patients and keep the refunds for themselves.

When law enforcement executed a search warrant on Jackson’s home, officers seized 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.

In an unrelated 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

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