From the U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Maryland:
Baltimore, Maryland – Salah Eldean Sood, age 35, of Lutherville, Maryland was sentenced to 52 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release by U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz. Sood pleaded guilty to bank fraud and aggravated identity theft in a scheme where he stole personally identifiable information from elderly persons who were in his care at Holland Manor Eldercare, an assisted living facility in Towson, Maryland.
The sentence was announced by Acting United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Stephen M. Schenning; Special Agent in Charge Nicholas DiGiulio, Office of Investigations, Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); Chief James W. Johnson of the Baltimore County Police Department; Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger; and Special Agent in Charge Michael McGill of the Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General, Philadelphia Field Division (SSA).
According to court documents, Sood managed Holland Manor Eldercare in Towson, Maryland. In June 2015, P.J., a resident of Holland Manor, was transported to a local hospital. Baltimore County Fire Department personnel noted that conditions in the facility were unsanitary and that P.J.’s injuries were potentially indicative of a lack of proper care. P.J. died two days later. The State of Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene revoked Holland Manor’s license to operate on September 25, 2015. On December 3, 2015, Baltimore County Fire Department and Baltimore County Police Department personnel responded to a fire alarm at Holland Manor and located two residents inside the facility without any staff present. An 80 year-old male resident, W.C., informed responders that no caretaker was generally present at the facility overnight. The second resident was restrained in a bed in a second floor bedroom, comatose, and unable to communicate. Responders were initially unable to reach Sood on his cell phone. Sood eventually responded to their calls, but refused to provide to his whereabouts.
Further investigation revealed that from July 2014 to January 2016, Sood opened credit card accounts using the names, dates of birth, and Social Security numbers of three elderly persons who resided at Holland Manor, including P.J. and W.C. Sood submitted the applications electronically, using Holland Manor as the home address. Sood obtained six credit cards in residents’ names, added himself as an authorized user on those accounts, and made over $74,000 in purchases using the accounts.
On August 3, 2016, Sood pleaded guilty in state court to abuse and neglect of a vulnerable victim and operation of an assisted living facility without a license.
The Maryland Identity Theft Working Group has been working since 2006 to foster cooperation among local, state, federal, and institutional fraud investigators and to promote effective prosecution of identity theft schemes by both state and federal prosecutors. This case, as well as other cases brought by members of the Working Group, demonstrates the commitment of law enforcement agencies to work with financial institutions and businesses to address identity fraud, identify those who compromise personal identity information, and protect citizens from identity theft.
Acting United States Attorney Stephen M. Schenning commended SSA OIG, HHS OIG, the Baltimore County Police Department, and Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office for their work in the investigation. Mr. Schenning thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Lauren E. Perry and Roann Nichols, who prosecuted the case.