A clinic worker who stole the personal information of his mentally-ill and drug-addicted clients for a tax scam can’t evade a 5-year prison term for his crimes, a federal appeals court ruled Monday.
A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit rejected Jean Alvarez’s claim that he shouldn’t have received enhanced punishment because his victims were “vulnerable.”
There were a lot of them, too. Judge D. Michael Fisher noted in the appeals court’s opinion that 164 patients at the Kirkbride Center in Philadelphia had their Social Security numbers and other information stolen by Alvarez between 2012 and 2015.
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