FORT MYERS, Fla. - A Call for Action Consumer Alert. A visit to the emergency room is the last place you want to be worrying about identity theft. But sometimes crimes can happen in the most unsuspected places. Someone can prey on your vulnerabilities but you can stop it from happening.
Imagine this, you're being wheeled into an emergency room for crisis care. Thoughts are running through your head but worrying about someone stealing your identity probably isn't one of them.
"When people came into the ER or off an ambulance her job was to take their information and load it into a computer," said Michael Romano, U.S. Postal Inspector.
Asia Tompkins was a hospital registry clerk. After she registered patients into the hospital, she stole their personal information.
"She applied for more than 130 credit cards in other individuals' names," said Romano.
How did she use the money? Postal inspectors got several leads from her own Facebook page. Under Tompkins 'likes' were shopping, shopping, shopping and getting money.
"After she made purchases the Inspection services was able to track down those purchases - we had her on video surveillance making the purchases - then a search warrant was issued to her home," said Romano.
They found high end clothing, jacket, boots, cash and a log of personal information.
"The loss was $50,000 - the impact was extremely significant with 130 victims compromised," said Romano.
Postal inspectors worked with victims to monitor their credit, most said they were stunned where it happened.
"It's a situation where people came into the hospital expecting services and not expecting to have their identity breached," said Romano.
Asia Thompkins took a plea deal for identity theft and bank fraud charges. She's serving a three year sentence in prison.