A nurse at Albany Medical Center and her boyfriend have been charged with stealing the identities of patients.More >>
A nurse at Albany Medical Center and her boyfriend have been charged with stealing the identities of patients. More >>
ALBANY, N.Y -- The Albany couple that authorities say stole the identities of patients appeared in court Friday.
Suzette Guzman-Moore and her boyfriend, Emmett Woods, were both arrested after a patient complained that her identity had been stolen.
A search of the couple’s Albany apartment Wednesday night turned up scores of hospital patient’s names, addresses and social security numbers.
Authorities said they found an assortment of credit cards, gift cards, bogus checks and a few laptops, all allegedly obtained through stolen identities.
Both Guzman-Moore and Woods waived their right to a preliminary hearing Friday morning, and now the case will go to a grand jury.
Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple said there is still a lot of evidence for investigators to go through with more names of possible victims and more types of crimes that could have been committed.
“We received a lot of phone calls also about people who have gone to file their taxes last year, and they were rejected because the social security number was in use, so it shouldn’t be that hard to figure out who was using it, where’d that money go, but that’s something that we’re going to have to try to link up with the IRS for,” he said.
Apple said the investigation wouldn’t have started without the help of a local woman who alerted authorities.
“She’s very diligent about not giving out that number, and she only gave it out one time,” Apple said.
The woman gave her SSN at Albany Med during an appointment. She told NEWS10 ABC off-camera that she got a call from Capital One asking if she had opened a credit card account. She hadn’t, but then received a call from Discover asking the same thing.
The woman said the pair allegedly used the credit cards in her name to make purchase at a local liquor store, Rent-A-Center and even a food store in Albany Med.
Apple said anyone who was a patient at Albany Med facilities should check their credit.
“It’s probably a worthwhile investment at this point,” he advised. “People work their whole lives to build credit and just like that it can be destroyed, and even though you’ve done nothing wrong, it would take you years to rebuild it.”