A pediatric laboratory technician in Las Vegas was officially sentenced on Monday, July 31, to two years in prison for stealing the identity of a patient’s parent and using it to apply for credit cards.
Sherice Joan Williams, 42-year-old from North Las Vegas, pleaded guilty back in February to one count of illegal use and disclosure of patient health information and one count of aggravated identity theft, according to federal prosecutors. Williams was sentenced by United States District Judge Jennifer Dorsey.
At the time of the alleged crime, Sherice Joan Williams was working at the Children’s Heart Center in Las Vegas, the Nevada’s only congenital cardiology practice and one of the largest pediatric cardiology programs in the United States.
Williams was accessed the personal identification information of a patient’s guardian, then applied for a personal credit cards sometime between December 1, 2014, and Jan. 27, 2015, according to her plea agreement.
“Persons who work in the health care industry have special access to personal identifying and medical information, and have a responsibility and duty to protect and not use that information for fraudulent purposes,” the Nevada U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden said dating back in 2015.
The police authorities said that Williams submitted at least one credit card application while using an IP address registered to the Las Vegas’ Children’s Heart Center.
The Henderson Police Department and the FBI investigated the case, and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Crane M. Pomerantz.