A former Titus County Health and Human Services worker is accused of stealing the identities of clients.
During an investigation into multiple identity theft related complaints, the Titus County Sheriff's Office was led to Selena Patino, a former Texas Department of Health and Human Services worker in Mt. Pleasant.
Investigators determined that Patino had assumed the identity of clients receiving immunizations and other services at the Texas Department of Health and Human Services on N. Jefferson in Mt. Pleasant, and used this client information to apply for credit cards online. Once approved, Patino made as many purchases as the credit card would allow.
The list of individuals that had their information stolen is still growing and authorities believe it to be in the hundreds. If you have used the services of the office of the Texas Department of Health and Human Services in Mount Pleasant in the past few months you need to check your credit report.
Titus County authorities are going to contact the Texas Department of Health with a list of clients that they know had their identity compromised and Texas Department of Health to will contact them shortly.
On Friday, January 4, 2012 a search and arrest warrant was issued for 38-year-old, Selena Patino at her residence located in the 4800 Block of FM 1735 Mount Pleasant, TX.
Patino was arrested and charged with Fraudulent Use or Possession of Identifying information, a Second Degree Felony and Credit Card Abuse, a State Jail Felony. Some of the property that Selena Patino purchased with the credit cards was recovered along with stolen credit cards, immunization records and other documents with clients' names and family members' names and social security numbers were found.
If found guilty, Patino faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.
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