Nursing Home Staff Member Stole Residents’ Identities
Cynthia Hill, 47, is being charged with nursing home abuse after stealing the identities of three of her patients. Officers with the Collinsville Police Department began their identity theft investigation in September when a woman was unable to turn her power back on. The company told her that she owed a balance of over $1,000 yet she had been living in a nursing home during the time that the account was opened.
In the course of their investigation officers quickly realized that two more victims had also been cared for by Hill. The Madison County State's Attorney's Office charged Hill on November 12, 2010 with two counts of aggravated identity theft.
She was arrested and brought to the Collinsville Police Department; Hill was later transferred to the Madison County Jail, according to a local news source.
Identity theft will soon pass drug trafficking as the number one crime in the United States, according to the US Department of Justice.