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Woman charged with stealing identities of 500 Alabamians

MONTGOMERY (AP) — A woman who works for the company that processes Alabama Medicaid claims has been charged with stealing the identities of nearly 500 Alabamians, Attorney General Troy King said.

Kwantrice Thornton, 24, was charged with stealing the information from Electronic Data Systems Inc. as part of a Medi-caid and tax fraud scheme that included selling 50 of the identities to other people, according to King.

"It is a stark reminder that we are all targets," King said in a statement.

Thornton was charged with trafficking in stolen identities and violating the Alabama Computer Crimes Act.

She turned herself in and was released on $5,000 bond, King said.

All of those whose identities were stolen were notified by the state in February, King said.

They have been offered free credit-monitoring services and identity theft assistance.

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