Charged in the indictment were defendants Erica Hall, 27, of Lauderhill; Jasmin Rembert, 33, of Miramar; Sharelle Finnie, 22, of Ft. Lauderdale; Rufus Bethea, 30, of Hollywood; Bianca Cook, 21, of Lauderhill; Courtney Gissendanner, 28, of Hollywood; Brandi Johnson, 39, of Miramar; Demarcus Hough, 30, of Ft. Lauderdale; Darren Baldwin, 43, of Ft. Lauderdale; Aaron Hough, 30, of Hollywood; Minnie Powell, 49, of Pembroke Pines; and Eloise Sermons, 24, of West Park. They were all charged with conspiracy to commit bank fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1349, and conspiracy to commit access device fraud and identity theft, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371. Additionally, Erica Hall and Sharelle Finnie were charged with violations of HIPAA laws, in violation of Title 42, United States Code, Section 1320d-6. Darren Baldwin, Aaron Hough, Minnie Powell, and Eloise Sermons were also charged with substantive counts of access device fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1029. All but three defendants were arrested and made their initial appearances in federal court this afternoon. Defendants Sermons, Cook, and Hough remain at large.
If convicted of the HIPAA violations, the defendants each face a maximum statutory term of ten (10) years’ imprisonment.
MIAOULIS NOTE: We are starting to see HIPAA prosecutions. Employees should be made aware that Healthcare Breaches can result in HIPAA Criminal Prosecutions.