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Medical Identity Theft in Washington

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Washington State Patrol says a woman from Everett was able to get close to $180,000 in medical services, with someone else's identity.

In this case the woman was pretending to be another woman she met at a homeless shelter two years ago. She memorized the victim's information including her social security number and date of birth.

The woman was also faking symptoms of illness, to get prescription drugs. The state Department of Social and Health Services says, no one ever asked her to show a picture I. D.

"If you suspect that this is happening, you need to immediately tell your financial institution, your banks, your credit unions, your insurance companies, and I would certainly bring your doctors into that conversation too" said Jim Stevenson, Communications Director for the Medicaid Program.

This woman was taken to jail on 30 counts of fraud. DSHS says they lost about $20,000 in state funds. They want to remind everyone to be careful when sharing any personal information.