Woman charged with stealing identities of 500 Alabama residents

What happened? Kwantrice Thorton, 24, was charged with stealing 500 identities from her former employer, Electronic Data Systems, selling 50 of them.

What was the response? Thorton no longer works for Electronic Data Systems, a Texas-based company that processes Medicaid claims.

All victims were notified of the theft by Alabama authorities in February and offered free credit-monitoring service.

Details: An Electronic Data Systems spokeswoman said the company runs extensive background checks on job applicants.

Thorton has been charged with trafficking in stolen identities and violating the Alabama Computer Crimes Act. She turned herself in and was released on $5,000 bond.

Trafficking in stolen identities is punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $30,000. Violation of the Computer Crimes Act is punishable by one to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000.

Quote: “It is a stark reminder that we are all targets,” said Alabama Attorney General Troy King.

Source: The Birmingham News, Aug. 8, “State residents’ identities stolen

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