Chief U.S. District Judge Gina M. Groh sentenced Angela Dawn Roberts, a former employee at Berkeley Medical Center, to 5 years’ probation for being involved in an identity theft scam. Aside from the probation, Angela Dawn Roberts of Stephenson, VA needs to settle a $22,000-restitution.
Angela Dawn Lee (another name of Roberts) worked for WVU University Healthcare since 2014. She was assigned to schedule patient appointments at two medical centers, Jefferson Medical Center and Berkeley Medical Center. Because of the nature of her work, she had access to some of the patients’ protected health information (PHI). Roberts wrote on paper some of the patients’ sensitive information such as names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers. In certain instances, she also printed copies of identity documents.
Angela Roberts was suspended from work on January 19, 2017 as a result of an internal investigation on data theft that allegedly occurred on June 27, 2016. Eventually, her employment was terminated on January 27, 2017 and was charged for stealing the health information of patients. The medical center notified approximately 7,000 patients whose information Roberts accessed and warned them of the potential risk of identity theft and fraud.
Angela Dawn Roberts admitted that she stole the PHI of 10 patients. She pleaded guilty to one count of identity theft and filed the plea agreement in July. She also confessed that she passed the stolen information to her co-defendant, Ajarhi Savimbi Roberts. Ajarhi faced charges of bank fraud in a 36-count indictment. He also pleaded guilty and will be sentenced on May 21.