Woman pleads to ID thefts

Sunday, July 21st, 2013 @ 7:50PM

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Former hospital worker admits selling patient information to Broward fraud ring

By Paula McMahon Staff writer

A South Florida hospital worker who stole more than 800 patients’ Social Security numbers and sold them to a multimillion-dollar tax fraud ring, pleaded guilty to her role in the conspiracy Monday.

Betty Cole, 34, of Miami, faces a maximum of seven years in federal prison when she is sentenced later this year.

Federal prosecutors promised her they will recommend that she get a lighter punishment because she cooperated in the investigation and testified in trial against the Fort Lauderdale ringleader of the group, Alci Bonannee. Bonannee, 36, is now serving more than 26 years in federal prison for masterminding the identity theft ring. A federal judge told Bonannee she was a “parasite and a blight on society” and prosecutors said her scheme was one of the biggest and most successful in the nation.

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