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Massachusetts Worker Accused Of Using Database In ID Theft Scheme

Employee at medical cost management firm allegedly used doctors' personal information to obtain credit cards

A Massachusetts woman was indicted earlier this week for allegedly stealing personal information from the database she worked with and using it to obtain credit cards.

According to a report in the Boston Globe, Desiree Gordon was indicted on 67 counts of credit card fraud, larceny, and identity theft crimes for stealing the personal information of at least 34 people, many of whom were physicians, according to the Middlesex district attorney's office.

The district attorney's office believes the defendant had access to a database of healthcare professionals that contained personal data through her employment at a medical cost-management firm. The name of that firm was not released.

Gordon, 38, was indicted by a Middlesex grand jury on 21 counts of larceny, 22 counts of identity fraud, 20 counts of credit card fraud, two counts of forgery, and for being a common and notorious thief, said District Attorney Gerry Leone, in a statement.

Victims of the alleged crimes came from around the country, including Massachusetts, Texas, Pennsylvania, and Illinois, according to a spokesman for Leone's office.

Gordon's alleged scheme was brought to the attention of state police in December, when one of the victims reported her personal information had been compromised and used to obtain a credit card that was sent to a post office box in Lowell, Leone said.

Postal inspectors learned the box was rented by Gordon and that multiple credit cards in other victims' names had been sent to that box, as well as to the defendant's home address, Leone said. Charges made to those credit cards could be traced to the defendant, he added.

Gordon is scheduled for arraignment July 1 in Woburn Superior Court.

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