Published: Sep 13, 2013 4:33 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 13, 2013 5:09 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Ebony Edwards, a Fort Myers resident, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to commit aggravated identity theft, to file false claims against the government, and to theft of government money or property. She faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison.

According to the plea agreement, Edwards was employed with a health care provider and obtained the personal identifying information of at least 11 patients, including names, social security numbers, and dates of birth. Edwards transmitted the information to a conspirator via text messages using her cell phone. The co-conspirator then used that information to file false income tax returns.