Ex-Nurse Sentenced for Thievery of Patient Data and Tax Scam

An ex-nurse from Midway, FL has been sentenced by a court of law in Tallahassee for wire scam, thievery of government finances, custody of illegal access appliances and serious identity thievery.

Tangela Lawson-Brown, 41-year old was working as a nurse in a Tallahassee nurturing home from October 2011 to December 2012. For the duration of her time at the nurturing home, Lawson-Brown thieved the private information of 26 sick persons, even though she was found to have a note pad having the personal information of 150 people.

As per a press release released by the United States Lawyer’s Office for the Northern Region of Florida, husband of Lawson-Brown was detained in January 2013 as well as articles were captured from Lawson-Brown’s automobile by the Tallahassee Police Department, containing the note pad.

The police inquiry exposed that in 2011, Lawson-Brown utilized the thieved records to file fake tax returns of 105 people, including 24 sick persons of the nurturing home. Lawson-Brown registered demands totaling over $1 million. The Internal Revenue Service identified several of the claims as fake, even though $141,790 in tax repayments was released by the IRS.

The repayments were credited to several bank accounts operated by Lawson-Brown and the moneys were utilized to pay private expenditures, cover automobile maintenances, and to pay back her loan.

Lawson-Brown will be punished on January 4, 2018. She confronts a maximum jail duration of 20 years for every count of wire scam, 10 years for every count of thievery of government moneys and custody of illegal access appliances, and an extra 2 years will be increased to her punishment for serious identity thievery.

Christopher P. Canova, a U.S. Lawyer for the Northern District of Florida, said, “This lawsuit shows the susceptibility of disabled and elderly people.  Families and other care providers must be vigilant to illegal tax returns, credit cards, bank accounts, and fiscal dealings, and must instantly report identity thievery wrongdoings to law enforcement organizations.”