California SEIU Hospital Benefits Clerk Sentenced for $1M+ Identity Theft
This seems to be my day for updating older cases.
Carl Horowitz provides an update to a breach that was first disclosed in February 2009 but actually occurred in July 2007:
Mia Camille Garza describes herself as “somebody who has fallen off the path.” Her victims understandably aren’t as charitable. Last Thursday, September 22, Garza, a former benefits clerk for the California-based, Service Employees International Union-affiliated United Healthcare Workers West (SEIU-UHW) was sentenced in Sacramento Superior Court to 12 years and four months in prison for stealing information on nearly 30,000 Kaiser Permanente union employees throughout the state.
The stolen information facilitated thefts, often of high-end merchandise, estimated thus far at more than $1 million. Garza pleaded no contest to 12 counts of identity theft on August 3. She’s preparing for a restitution hearing on January 10. She already had been convicted in Contra Costa County, California on separate charges and sentenced to two years and eight months in prison.
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