United States Attorney John E. Murphy announced that in Waco, 34-year-old Katina Candrick of LaGrange, Texas, was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison and ordered to pay $163,185.19 restitution for unlawful possession of fraudulent identification documents and conspiracy to commit identity theft. United States District Judge Walter S. Smith, Jr., ordered consecutive sentences of 10 years incarceration on the conspiracy charge and five years incarceration on the fraudulent I.D. possession charge.
According to court records Candrick schemed to steal and use for her own benefit personal identification information of others, which she used to pay for living expenses, vehicles and other items. From July 6, to November 13, 2009, Candrick was employed as a Patient Account Representative by MedAssets, a company based in Richardson, Texas. There, she illegally obtained personal information relating to over 1,200 individuals from billing accounts she handled, which information she used in her fraud scheme.
Authorities arrested Candrick on December 14, 2009. At the time, she was employed and living under the name of a person whose identity she had stolen. Candrick has remained in custody since her arrest. She pleaded
guilty to the charges on April 29, 2010.
Source: U.S. Attorney’s Office, Western District of Texas