Santa Clara dental worker steals patient info, lands in prison

San Jose Mercury News, By Mike Rosenberg, September 7, 2011

A former employee at a San Jose dental office will spend four years in prison for stealing personal information from patient records to create credit card accounts he used to buy Gucci watches and flat-screen TVs, authorities announced Tuesday. Nick Luu and five other members of an identity theft ring defrauded at least 29 people in the Bay Area of $180,000, according to the state’s attorney general office, which prosecuted the case. Luu, a 30-year-old Vallejo resident, was one of two main defendants in the case, and three others have already pleaded to similar charges. Among the victims were clients at a San Jose law office and patients at a Santa Clara dental office where Luu and another member of the syndicate worked. Prosecutors said that from June 2009 to December 2009, Luu and the others used the stolen personal information to create false drivers licenses and file illegal change-of address forms. So the victims’ mail wound up in a P.O. box the criminals created.

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