Former Hospital Employee Sentenced to Over Two Years in Federal Prison for Using Patients’ Identities to Acquire Credit

Adrienne Denise Stovall, 30, a former employee of a Montgomery area hospital, has been sentenced to 24 months and 1 day in federal prison for wire fraud and stealing the identities of patients, U.S. Attorney Leura G. Canary announced yesterday.

Stovall was also sentenced to serve 4 years of supervised release upon completion of her prison sentence. The Court also ordered Stovall to pay restitution.

Stovall pled guilty on January 29, 2010, to one count of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft. By law, the aggravated identity theft conviction carries a mandatory sentence of 24 months, which must be served consecutive to the wire fraud sentence.

From August 2006 through early 2007, Stovall worked at Baptist Hospital in Montgomery, Alabama. Stovall’s position gave her access to Baptist Health’s computer system, which contained confidential patient information, such as the names of patients, their dates of birth and social security numbers. Without lawful authority, Stovall used this information to apply for credit or credit cards over the internet from her work computer.

In particular, at the time of her guilty plea, Stovall admitted she used the true name, date of birth, and social security number of a patient on an electronic application for credit with Cato in October 2006. Stovall listed her mailing address as the applicants’ mailing address and submitted the application over the internet. The application was received in Charlotte, North Carolina. When confronted by investigators, Stovall cooperated with law enforcement.

The case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service and the Montgomery Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Monica Stump prosecuted the case.

Source:  U.S. Attorney’s Office, Middle District of Alabama

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