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Credit card data a target of thieves

May 16, 2012

Protecting consumers' credit card information is one of the most important ways that businesses can run operations smoothly.

Protecting consumers’ credit card information is one of the most important ways that businesses can run operations smoothly. However, when that trust is breached, the merchant services issue can cause major headaches for all involved.

In one recent case, an employee at Northwestern Memorial Hospital was charged with stealing credit card information from patients and using it to pay personal expenses. The Chicago Tribune reports Shatina Golden, 35, was charged with identity theft when authorities noticed that unusual payments were being used for her home water bills.

When police searched the suspects home, they found that there was a slew of patients’ personal information to her including birth dates, Social Security numbers and credit card numbers. Bail for Golden was $10,000 and she will go before a judge on June 4. Should she be found guilty, Golden could receive as much as seven years behind bars.

Authorities continue to bring charges against criminals trying to profit from stolen credit cards. The Odenton-Severn Patch reports that police in Anne Arudnel, Maryland arrested three men for operating a stolen credit card ring.

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