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Five charged in Hopkins ID theft

Washington Post editors

Federal authorities announced fraud and identity theft charges Thursday against five Maryland defendants for allegedly stealing patient records at Johns Hopkins Hospital to open credit card accounts.

A Sept. 15 indictment was unsealed following the arrest of the last of five suspects, who included Michael Allen, 34; Tyrell Douglas McCormick, 22; Ayanna Devon Johnson, 38; and Gloria Canada, 54, all of Baltimore; and Jasmine Amber Smith, 25, of Nottingham.

The 39-count superseding indictment accuses the five of obtaining more than $600,000 in "instant credit" lines from more than 50 institutions and individual victims between May 2008 and June 2009, said U.S. Attorney for Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein, who announced the arrest with U.S. Secret Service, Postal Inspection Service and Baltimore County Police officials.

The charges carry sentences of up to 30 years in prison upon conviction. Canada was to appear in court Thursday for the first time in the case, which began last fall. Allen remains in detention, and the others have been released under certain restrictions.

-- Spencer S. Hsu

By Washington Post editors  | September 30, 2010; 3:45 PM ET
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Identity Theft, Maryland, Spencer S. Hsu  
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I would be interested in seeing pictures of those charged, as some hospital workers often work at more than one hospital or health care facility.

Posted by: 10bestfan | October 1, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

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