Florida man found guilty in Santa Rosa identity theft case

Kris Wernowsky reports in the Pensacola News Journal:

A former Santa Rosa Medical Center nurse took the stand Thursday and admitted that he stole a patient’s identity and used it to get thousands of dollars to purchase vehicles.

“It’s wrong, what I did,” Gary Lamar Holt said during his testimony. “I didn’t mean to hurt anybody.”

A six-person Santa Rosa County jury found Holt, 37, of Milton, guilty of illegal use of personal identification information for profit of more than $50,000 after deliberating for less than an hour Thursday evening.

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Medical records of Gary Lamar Holt and the similarly named victim, Gary Lee Holt, were intertwined due to a clerical error in the Santa Rosa Medical Center’s computer system.

When Gary Lamar Holt tried to accessed his own medical records – an act that on its own violated hospital and federal privacy rules — he found Gary Lee Holt’s personal information instead.

Full story in the Pensacola News Journal

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