Identity Theft Ring Steals over $700,000 in Apple Merchandise Using Stolen Information from a Manhattan Dental Office
Annie Vuong, a former receptionist at a Manhattan Dental Office, and current employee of American Express, was arrested and charged with 394 count indictment with crimes ranging from Identity Theft in the First Degree to Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, with three co-defendants, Devin Bazile, Sharniqkwa Dukes, and Joshua Haughton.
According to the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, the ringleader of the conspiracy was Devin Bazile, a former Apple employee, came up with a scheme where the ring would use the personal information stolen from the dental office where Vuong worked, and apply for credit from a joint Apple/Barclay’s venture. The co-conspirators would then use the credit to purchase Apple gift cards, which in turn would be used to buy $700,000 worth of Apple products.
The allegations are that Ms. Vuong would take personal information from the patient files of the Dental Office and e-mail it to Bazile. Bazile and Dukes would then fill out the credit applications using the stolen information. Bazile and Haughton are also accused of recuiting and enrolling current Apple employees, such as separately charged defendant Ahmeem Evans, to complete the transactions.
Bazile is charged with the C Felony of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, which carries a maximum sentence of 15 years, however, he is also charged with 142 separate counts of the D felony of Identity Theft in the First degree, which if found guilty and sentenced consecutively, could carry a maximum sentence of 994 years in prison.
Vuong is also charged with the C felony of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree. Additionally, she is charged with, amongst other things, 64 counts of Identity Theft in the First Degree, which if convicted and sentenced consecutively, could carry a maximum sentence of 448 years in Prison.
The potential sentences are staggering because of the sheer volume of identities stolen. Cyrus Vance, Jr. the Manhattan District Attorney said in a statement that Ms. Vuong sent Mr. Bazile information from around 250 patients of the dental office she work for. She has since gained employment at American Express, which one would hope is reviewing the types of information Ms. Vuong had access to while under their employ.
All four co-conspirators are incarcerated as of the time of this post, with Mr. Bazile being held on $750,000 bail, while the other defendants had bail ranging from $100,000 to $50,000 bond.