NJ couple sentenced for stealing 71 mental health patients' identities, credit card information

A New Jersey couple was sentenced last week for their part in an identity theft scheme, according to NJ.com.

Clare Ojeda was given five years probation for her role in the scheme. Ms. Ojeda's boyfriend, Shaun Howard, was sentenced to three years in prison.

Ms. Ojeda worked in a billing center for mental health practices throughout New Jersey. The couple utilized Ms. Ojeda's position to steal the identities and credit card information of 71 mental health patients.

Ms. Ojeda and Mr. Howard allegedly used the money they gained to fund shopping sprees and trips, according to Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Christina Atallah.

Three other individuals were charged in the identity theft scheme, but their charges were dismissed.

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