(WMC-TV) – A woman who did not have health insurance admitted to using her former roommate's identity when she arrived at the hospital to give birth.
Jasmine Moore, 21, gave the Baptist Women's Hospital an ID and social security number as if she was Shakeya Hardy. She admitted to police that she knowingly used Hardy's personal information because she did not have insurance and would not be able to afford the hospital stay. She also said she used her information for pre-natal care during her pregnancy.
Hardy said she has no idea where Moore would have gotten her ID and social security number. According to a police report, Hardy did spend time with Moore in the hospital room after the child was born.
A hospital spokeswoman said these cases are rare but declined to comment further than that.
"Due to patient confidentiality laws, we can't comment on any particular patient situation. However, we do have procedures in place to identify medical identity theft. When we discover medical identity theft, we fully cooperate with authorities."
Andy Wilson is a private investigator and adjunct criminology professor. He focuses on economic crimes and says identity theft is costly.
"It affects us all. So it's not just as an individual, but the community and businesses at large are paying and suffering the brunt of this crime," said Wilson.
Moore was arrested and charged with identity theft.