Trio accused of stealing personal info from hospital patients

ABC 13, Houston Texas, September 09, 2011

Antoine Ladon Williams, 28, Shantel Moore, 29, and Patrick James Reed, 38, are all charged with engaging in organized criminal activity. Authorities at the district attorney’s office say the victims included cancer patients, as well as those waiting to receive life-organ transplants. Meanwhile, the stolen money was used to buy luxury items such as designer clothes and even a BMW convertible. It was at Methodist Hospital in the Houston Medical Center where the Harris County District Attorney says Shantel Moore worked as a secretary and had access to the personal information of patients like 71-year-old Don Baughman — information authorities say Moore stole and used to get cash. “I think they’re the scum of the earth and the sorriest type of people to prey on innocent victims,” Baughman said.  Baughman was a patient there last year undergoing a heart valve replacement. “They took out at least one Internet loan,” he said…They would get money by using patients’ name, date of birth and Social Security number. They would put that in an application for credit and they would get the money, and the application for credit,” explained prosecutor Ed McClees. “The person left holding the bag is the bank and the victim.”

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