Guilty Plea in Breach Case

Former Wellpoint staffer admits ID theft
Guilty Plea in Breach Case
A former employee of health insurer Wellpoint Inc. pleaded guilty Feb. 9 to mail fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Angelique Mullings of West Haven, Conn., entered the plea in U.S. District Court and will be sentenced April 30.

She faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for mail fraud and a mandatory two-year consecutive sentence on identity theft. She also must pay restitution of more than $2,900.

Mullings worked for Wellpoint Inc., a unit of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, from 2007 to May 2009.

In pleading guilty, Mullings admitted she misappropriated the personal identifying information of about 40 health care professionals and used that information to open numerous fictitious e-mail, bank and credit card accounts, according to the U.S. Attorney General's office in Connecticut. She then used the stolen information to place online orders for cell phones in the names of some of the victims.

Mullings also admitted that she changed the address on one victim's bank account, ordered checks bearing her own home address and then attempted to deposit a fraudulent check into another account that she opened in the name of another victim.

About the Author

Howard Anderson

Howard Anderson

Former News Editor, ISMG

Anderson was news editor of Information Security Media Group and founding editor of HealthcareInfoSecurity and DataBreachToday. He has more than 40 years of journalism experience, with a focus on healthcare information technology issues. Before launching HealthcareInfoSecurity, he served as founding editor of Health Data Management magazine, where he worked for 17 years, and he served in leadership roles at several other healthcare magazines and newspapers.

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