Virginia pair charged with stealing patient information from Martinsburg hospital

Federal authorities have charged two Virginia residents with a data breach discovered earlier this year at WVU Medicine University Healthcare’s Martinsburg facility.

Acting U.S. Attorney Betsy Steinfeld Jividen said June 26 a federal grand jury in Elkins had indicted, Ajarhi Savimi “Wayne” Roberts, 24, of Stephens City, Va., and Angela Dawn Roberts, 41, of Stephenson, Va., on charges of identity theft, aggravated identity theft, producing false identity documents and bank fraud. The indictment also carries a forfeiture allegation.

The 36-count indictment alleges Angela Roberts, formerly employed at WVU Medicine University Healthcare in Martinsburg, accessed a patient database to obtain identifying information — names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, addresses and driver’s license numbers — that she then shared with her co-defendant, Ajarhi Roberts.

The duo allegedly used the stolen information to obtain lines of credit totaling at least $40,000 from Bank of America, Discover, Chase Bank, Barclay and Wells Fargo between March 1, 2016 and Jan. 31.

In February, WVU Medicine University Healthcare had notified nearly 7,500 patients at Berkeley Medical Center their data may have been compromised, offering them a year of free credit monitoring.

Jividen was not available June 26 to comment, nor could a WVU spokesman be reached.


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