Massachusetts Woman Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison for Disclosing Personal Information of Healthcare Customers

Date: 
Thursday, July 13, 2017
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From the U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts:

 

BOSTON - A former employee of Tufts Health Plan was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for stealing the identifying information of over 8,000 Medicare customers.

 

Lynrolte Cezaire, 29, of Medford, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge George A. O’Toole Jr. to two years and one day in prison and two years of supervised release. Following a seven-day jury trial in April 2017, Cezaire was convicted by a federal jury of unlawfully disclosing Social Security numbers and aggravated identity theft.

 

During her time as an employee in the Medicare enrollment department at Tufts Health Plan, from 2011 to 2014, Cezaire helped a coworker, Emeline Lubin, photograph Cezaire’s computer screen while it displayed lists of Medicare customers’ names, dates of birth, and Social Security numbers. Lubin then gave the information to Sniders Jean-Jacques, a Florida man who was involved in a scheme with Lubin’s brother, Marvin, to use stolen identities to steal Social Security benefits and to file false tax returns and collect the refunds.

 

In October 2014, Marvin Lubin was sentenced to one year and one day in prison; in December 2014, Jean-Jacques was sentenced to two years in prison; and in May 2017, Emeline Lubin was sentenced to three months in prison.

 

Acting United States Attorney William D. Weinreb; Scott Antolik, Special Agent in Charge of the Office of Inspector General, Social Security Administration, Office of Investigations, Boston Field Division; Phillip Coyne, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General; Joel P. Garland, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation in Boston; and Stephen A. Marks, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Secret Service, Boston Field Office, made the announcement. Assistance was also provided by the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Richardson of Weinreb’s Major Crimes Unit prosecuted the case.