Flowers Hospital ID theft suspect to change plea

Posted: Monday, July 7, 2014 5:39 pm

Flowers Hospital ID theft suspect to change plea

A Headland man connected to identity thefts at Flowers Hospital has a change of plea hearing scheduled for today in federal court.

Federal court records show U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles Coody has set a change of plea hearing for 29-year-old Kamarian D. Millender. The federal government filed a criminal information complaint against Millender last week, alleging wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Coody set the change of plea hearing for 2 p.m. at the federal courthouse in Montgomery.

The complaint alleged Millender used and possessed the name and Social Security number of another person in the electronic filing of a false federal income tax return with the IRS, which fraudulently claimed a tax refund. The felony offense allegedly happened on Feb. 12.

Court records show Dothan lawyer Dustin Fowler has been retained to represent Millender in court. Fowler said Dothan attorney Stephen Etheredge also represents Millender.

A class action lawsuit filed in federal court names Kamarian Deshaun Millender as a former employee of Flowers Hospital who allegedly stole patient medical files.

The lawsuit filed in federal court in May claimed Millender and an unknown accomplice stole the personal identification information, along with personal health information, for multiple people.

Flowers Hospital sent out letters on April 15 to possible victims of the information theft, warning them of the situation. According to the letter, back in February the hospital discovered an employee in a lab took lab forms containing patients’ personal identification. The letter said the employee may have used the information to file bogus tax returns.

According to the letter, the employee has been fired. The files stolen from the hospital were taken between June 2013 and February 2014. Information stolen may have included names, addresses, dates of birth, Social Security numbers and health plan policy numbers, as well as information about the lab tests, but not test results.

According to the lawsuit, filed by Dothan attorney Adam Jones in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, Millender and an unknown accomplice took the records from an unsecure location in the hospital.

Deputies with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office arrested Millender on Feb. 28 on a felony trafficking in stolen identities charge. He has since posted his bail on that charge, which remains pending in state court.

If convicted of the class B felony of trafficking in stolen identities, Millender faces two to 20 years in state prison.

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