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Woman charged with stealing patients' identities

By Chuck Weber

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX)-Detectives have arrested a West Palm Beach-area woman, accusing her of stealing personal information of diabetes patients.

Tuesday Palm Beach County Sheriff's detectives arrested 35-year old Erika Morales, and served a search warrant at her home. Detective Bill Griffin said Morales stole identities of clients of the medical supply company, Diabetes Direct in Jupiter. Morales had worked there part-time.

So far the charges against Morales stem from the Florida Power and Light accounts detectives say she opened in other people's names-- one after another-- at the two homes where Morales most recently lived. Detective Griffin said no one paid the bills, and Morales opened a new account every couple months.

"She got lucky," commented Griffin. "She got into a company that had an unlimited amount of names and information. And all she's done is continue to go down the list."

Griffin said Morales also opened cable, phone, bank and credit card accounts. And while serving the search warrant, more was uncovered, said Griffin. "We also found multiple driver's licenses, with her picture on it, and different names of other victims that have not been documented yet," he said. More charges are expected.

"It's a shame she took advantage of these people who have a special need," remarked Ricardo Lopez, who lives down the street from Morales. He says his wife and mother are both diabetic, although they their medical supplies from a different company. "I think what she did is very uncalled for, and the law should not take it lightly," said Lopez.

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