FL: Former Mount Sinai Medical Center Temporary Employee Sentenced In Identity Theft Tax Refund Scheme Involving The Theft Of Patient Information

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida announced yesterday that Oliver Gayle, 43, of Miami, was sentenced to 51 months in prison, followed by two years of supervised release for his participation in an identity theft tax refund scheme involving the theft of patient information from Mount Sinai Medical Center.

On October 23, 2013, a federal jury found Oliver Gayle guilty of one count of possession of 15 or more unauthorized access devices, three counts of aggravated identity theft, and one count of possessing, using and attempting to use a U.S. visa knowing it to be forged, counterfeited altered and falsely made.

According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, on February 27, 2013, the Aventura Police Department stopped a vehicle driven by Gayle. During an inventory search of the vehicle driven by Gayle, officers uncovered a black bag containing over 100 printouts from Mt. Sinai Medical Center Account Inquiry Processor with multiple names, dates of birth, social security numbers, and addresses of patients on each printout. Additionally, photocopies of checks written to Mt. Sinai Medical Center from various individuals with a photocopy of the corresponding billing statement from Mt. Sinai were found in the bag.

According to court documents and trial testimony, during a consensual search of Gayle’s residence, law enforcement found multiple printouts from Mt. Sinai Medical Center that appeared similar to the ones found in his black bag. Law enforcement also found copies of U.S. Treasury checks; a document labeled “HIT LIST” with a list of names, Social Security numbers and dates of birth; several tax returns in the names of other individuals; multiple Tax Act and Turbo Tax pre-paid debit cards issued in the names of other individuals; a Jamaican passport in Gayle’s name containing a counterfeit U.S. visa; and, an identification badge for Mt. Sinai Medical Center with Gayle’s name and photo.

As reported previously on this blog, Gayle had a criminal record prior to his employment at Mount Sinai, but the agency did not provide a full employment background check to the medical center.

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