A Seattle billing company employee who stole identitying information from emergency room patients at Stevens Hospital in Edmonds, Wash., was sentenced last week to serve four months in prison and to pay $18,098 in restitution. Yvon Lafaye Hennings, 47, of Seattle, admitted to stealing credit card information about Stevens patients from her employer, MedData, in 2004.
The U.S. attorney in Seattle said Hennings, who pleaded guilty in August 2006, provided the information to her brother, Lennie Hennings, who pleaded guilty in December to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and access device fraud. Lennie Hennings faces a mandatory two-year sentence at his March 17 hearing.
The Hennings used the stolen credit card information to purchase nearly $20,000 in gift cards easily converted to cash.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Vince Lombardi said identity theft is a growing problem in western Washington. "Hennings' crime was particularly egregious because she was often victimizing people who had already suffered some type of misfortune, patients who had used their credit cards to pay for emergency room medical services," Lombardi said in a news release.
At deadline, neither of the Hennings nor Stevens officials could be reached for comment.