By Kara Spak
March 25, 2010
Unlocked file cabinets of patient information on three floors of
Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
Customers who didn't check their credit card statements.
All created a ripe environment for a small crew of bandits to steal
hundreds of identities then spend more than $300,000 on items charged
from stores like Jared the Galleria of Jewelry, Victoria's Secret and
Lowe's, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said Thursday.
Some of the ill-gotten purchases were resold for cash, Dart said.
Others were posted on Facebook, the perpetrators preening in new jewelry
and clothing, he said.
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