Ex-employee of Electronic Data Systems charged with stealing identities

August 7, 2007


A Montgomery woman, a former employee of Electronic Data Systems, was arrested this week for allegedly trafficking in stolen identities she received through her work with the company.

Attorney General Troy King annouced the arrest of Kwantrice M. Thornton, 24. The warrant charges Thornton with Medicaid fraud and claims she "obtained the names and identifying information of 498 Alabama Medicaid recipients and subsequently sold 50 of those identities to other individuals to be used in filing fraudulent federal tax returns." Click here to find out more!

Electronic Data Systems is responsible for processing Medicaid claims for the state of Alabama.

Thornton was charged with trafficking in stolen identities, punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $30,000 fine, and a violation of the Alabama Computer Crimes Act, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $15,000 fine.

Thornton was released on $5,000 bond.

All Medicaid recipients affected by the alleged crime were notified by the Alabama Medicaid Agency.

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