Nursing Home Identity Theft Case

This week our Atlanta nursing home abuse lawyers read a news story about a case of identity theft at a Georgia nursing home that lead to two criminal cases and one lengthy sentence so far.

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Yolanda Blount, also known as Yolanda King, a 32-year-old woman from Macon, was charged with wire fraud, mail fraud, conspiracy, theft of public money, aggravated identity theft, and access device fraud. Ms. Blount admitted that she had taken information from nursing home patients, stealing their identities, and then used that information to file false tax returns. Investigators found tax returns showing she filed for $511,951 in refunds and actually received $460,692 from the IRS. Some federal tax refunds were processed in the names of patients and mailed to Ms. Blount’s address, while others were deposited directly into Ms. Blount’s persona bank account.

Ms. Blount pled guilty to the crimes last September, admitting that she had been engaged in these identity theft activities since 2010. She was helped by Raquel Hogan, who was employed at Macon Management Health and Rehabilitation Center. Ms. Blount was sentenced on Friday by the Honorable Marc T. Treadwell, United States District Court Judge, in Macon, Georgia. Ms. Blount received a 27-year prison sentence and was ordered to pay $493,506.60 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service. Ms. Hogan also pled guilty for her involvement and is scheduled to be sentenced on February 19th in Macon.

US Attorney Michael Moore said of Ms. Blount’s case, “Ms. Blount’s actions represent the worst kind of greed accompanied by criminal conduct. Not only did she use the stolen identification of nursing home patients to advance her scheme, she stole from the American people when she obtained the fraudulent refunds. Ms. Blount’s fraud was far-reaching, and she is deserving of this harsh sentence. Identity theft and fraud are not victimless crimes; when you want to know who the victims are, all you have to do is look in the mirror.” Likewise, the FBI’s Acting Special Agent in charge at the Atlanta office, Ricky Maxwell, said, “The FBI will continue to provide investigative resources toward such cases as this that victimize so many, to include the elderly, through identity theft. Anyone with information regarding such activities should contact their nearest FBI field office.”

Atlanta Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers

Identity theft is a big problem, and the risk of identity theft has increased in recent years due to technology advances. But often the most vulnerable, such as the elderly, are targeted. If a loved one has been the victim of abuse at a nursing home or elderly care facility, the experienced personal injury attorneys at Sammons & Carpenter may be able to help get the compensation needed and deserved. To discuss the specifics of your case and any steps to move forward in legal avenues, contact the Law Office of Sammons & Carpenter as soon as possible at 404-814-8948, or fill out our confidential online case evaluation form for a free consultation today.

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