Marketer Pleads Guilty in Medicare Number Scheme

Charles William McElwee pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiring to buy and sell more than 2.6 million Medicare beneficiary identification numbers, along with other personal identifiers. As part of his plea, McElwee admitted that he and his co-conspirators used “data mining” and “social engineering techniques” to collect Medicare beneficiary information, which McElwee then advertised and sold online. According to the charges, some of the illicit transactions involved foreign actors.  Read a story from the Miami Heraldand a Department of Justice press release.

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