NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters have an update to a story we first told you about involving a hospital employee accused of stealing patient’s and other peoples identities.
The United States Attorney’s office said former Yale New Haven hospital employee Jamila-Williams Stevenson has now pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft.
According to court documents, between 2012 and July 2016, Williams-Stevenson worked with Lorena Coburn to steal people’s information, which included patients at Yale New Haven Hospital where Williams-Stevenson worked as a care companion.
As part of their scheme, Williams-Stevenson and Coburn changed their victims addresses through the post office and took over their mail so they could steal their checks, make counterfeit checks and open bank accounts in the names of their victims.
They even took out a life insurance policy in the name of one of their victims for $75,000. Willy Amply, the victim’s father tells us his daughter was a patient at Yale New Haven Hospital at the time it happened.
“They had called me and wanted me to be her beneficiary for some reason in case something happened, so that’s how they got it,” said Amply. Explaining that during the phone call he handed over his and his daughters personal information.
Yale New Haven Hospital sent a statement saying in part: “The actions taken by Ms. Williams-Stevenson’s are reprehensible and do not represent our values. Patients at Yale New Haven Hospital trust us to care for and protect them and we take this obligation very seriously.”
Coburn also pleaded guilty to the same charges back in November and is released on a $100,000 bond. Williams-Stevenson is still detained awaiting sentencing. No date has been set for the sentencing of either. However, the two could face as much as 30 years in prison.