Nursing Home Nurse Sells Resident's Identities to ID Theif

Sheriff's deputies arrested two people this week for stealing the identities of elderly nursing home residents. Investigators say a nurse at a nursing home stole the social security numbers, birthdates, and other personal information from more than 80 patients at the home.

The nurse, allegedly turned around and sold the information to a man who police say plugged the data into an online tax software and tricked it into sending him thousands of dollars in refund money. The nurse has since been fired and the facility appears to have had no knowledge of the crimes as they were taking place, according to police.

Following the incident, the president of the Volunteers in Service of the Elderly, has advised family members of elderly to  actively protect their loved one's identities. First, do not permit nursing homes to manage your loved ones finances. Secondly, visit your loved one often. Lastly, check their credit report. This will tip you off to whether any strange activity may be occurring. For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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