A West Los Angeles Community College student pleaded not guilty today to stealing the identities of hundreds of people while working at a medical billing company.
Reon Jordan, 34, of Los Angeles, is charged with 21 counts of identity theft, three counts of multiple identifying information theft and one count each of grand theft of personal property and second-degree commercial burglary.
"The suspect was allegedly using fraudulently obtained credit card numbers and identities to purchase gift receipts on campus," Deputy Kim Manatt of the Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau said when Jordan was arrested. "She would then use these gift receipts to pay for classes she was enrolled in at the college."
Jordan allegedly bought other items, including jewelry, clothing and airline tickets, with her proceeds from the scheme, Manatt said.
Detectives believe Jordan got the data while she was employed by ABEO, a medical billing company with offices in Pasadena.
"During the course of several search warrants, she was found to be in possession of over 400 identity profiles and over 200 credit numbers for other victims," Manatt said.
Alleged victims of the scheme have been found in Los Angeles, Torrance, Santa Monica, Malibu, Topanga and Mammoth Lakes, as well as in Tennessee and Mississippi.
If convicted as charged, Jordan could face up to 19 years and eight months behind bars, according to the District Attorney's Office.
Jordan, who is being held in lieu of $1.2 million bail, is due back in court April 1, when a date is scheduled to be set for a hearing to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to order her to stand trial.
--City News Service