Crime & Courts

Woman stole info of 150 patients at Charlotte area medical practice

A Charlotte woman on Wednesday admitted to stealing the personal identification information of more than 150 patients at a Charlotte area medical practice.

Keniona Thomas, 24, pleaded guilty in federal court in Charlotte to one count of identity theft for stealing the information from patient files, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. Prosecutors did not identify the practice on Wednesday and it was not named in available court records.

Thomas, who worked at the practice, sold the stolen information to co-conspirator Christopher Roach, who used the information to make fraudulent purchases and obtain fake driver licenses, court records show. Roach paid Thomas $10 for each patient’s information.

Roach and others obtained new credit card accounts and accessed existing accounts to defraud victims and banks of at least $97,000, prosecutors said.

Thomas faces a maximum 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Her sentencing date has yet to be set.

Roach was previously sentenced to nearly eight years in prison for conspiracy to commit bank fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak