Five charged in Johns Hopkins ID theft scheme

by Brendon Nafziger, DOTmed News Associate Editor | October 01, 2010
An ex-employee at Johns Hopkins Hospital passed along stolen names and social security numbers to friends to buy $600,000 worth of goods on credit, federal authorities allege in their indictment unsealed Thursday, the Baltimore Sun reported.

A Sept. 15 indictment charges Hopkins employee Jasmine Amber Smith, 25, and four friends with using purloined personal information to open fraudulent credit accounts to make purchases on "instant credit" from stores like Best Buy and Toys R Us, according to the report.

The indictment, brought by the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office, was unsealed as the last of the five suspects, which include Michael Allen, 34, Tyrell Douglas McCormick, 22, Ayanna Devon Johnson, 38; and Gloria Canada, 54, were arrested.

The 39-count indictment accuses the five of obtaining $600,000 in fraudulent credit between May 2008 and June 2009, allegedly defrauding around 50 institutions and individuals.

The charges carry maximum sentences of 30 years in prison.

The attorney's office told DOTmed News that what Smith did at the hospital is not public information. She worked at the hospital from August 2007 to March 2009, according to the report.