New Orleans Woman Sentenced to 15 Months in Federal Prison for Bank Larceny of Over $200,000 Using Patient Information Stolen from Metairie Medical Clinic
There’s an update to a case that involved theft of patient data from an unnamed Metairie clinic to support a fraud scheme. The trio was arrested back in 2015 but have first been sentenced. From the Department of Justice, this press release yesterday:
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that ASHLEY GREEN, age 39, was sentenced on March 16, 2022 to 15 months in federal prison after pleading guilty as charged, to a one count Bank Larceny Bill of Information in August 2021. Earlier, her co-defendants, BRANDON LIVAS, age 37 and ROYALE LASSAI, age 32, both from New Orleans, Louisiana pled guilty as charged to a one-count bill of information with Bank Larceny, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2113(b).
In papers filed with the court, GREEN admitted that LASSAI was employed in a Metairie, Louisiana medical clinic. LASSAI, without authority, obtained personal information of patients including dates of birth, social security numbers and addresses. LASSAI sold the information to her cousin, GREEN, who used this information to fraudulently obtain debit cards issued by the victim banks, Capital One and Whitney. These fraudulently obtained cards were mailed to an address controlled by GREEN. GREEN and LIVAS then used the cards to withdraw at least $200,000 from the victim’s accounts. LASSAI was paid at least $1,000 to pilfer the patient’s information from the Metairie clinic.
The court ordered GREEN to pay $205,863 in restitution. Also, she must serve three years of supervised release after she gets out of prison.
U.S. Attorney Duane Evans praised the work of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office and the United States Postal Inspection Service, in investigating the matter. Assistant United States Attorney Carter K.D. Guice, Jr. is in charge of the prosecution.
Source: U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Louisiana