June 28, 2007
Police arrest a registered nurse for allegedly stealing the identity of one of her patients.
Gloria Ann Jennings, 47 of Charlottesville, is charged with six felony counts of credit card forgery, one count of identity theft and one count of computer fraud.
Last July the family of an elderly woman hired Jennings to look after their mother.
Police say Jennings used the woman's personal information to apply for credit cards.
With those fake cards, Jennings bought jewelry, clothes, household goods, appliances and Cd's; a total loss of almost $10,000.
"It's disheartening, I know for the family especially, to think that they went through a service to employs a registered nurse who had a background and then committed these acts of taking advantage of a elderly person," said Charlottesville Captain Chip Harding.
To protect yourself from identity theft, officials suggest shredding all personal mail and documents, removing social security numbers from your drivers license, making sure you only shop on secure on line websites and to never give out personal information over the phone.