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Different twist on identity theft

A former employee of the University of California San Francisco Medical Center pleaded guilty in an identity theft scheme that has to rank as one of the strangest.

Prosecutors said Cam Giang admitted that he obtained and used the birth dates and Social Security numbers of other U.C. employees in order to create accounts on the StayWell Health Management website and complete health surveys without their consent. Since last year, StayWell Health Management, a health promotional company, had been conducting online health surveys for University of California employees. Survey participants must create accounts on the company’s website, which requires a full name, birth date and the last six digits of his or her Social Security number. A completed survey rewards a participant with a $100 online voucher.

Prosecutors said Giang admitted to completing about 382 online health surveys using the personal information of other U.C. employees. On Thursday, he pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud and one count of use of a Social Security number in violation of U.S. laws. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 28. Giang faces a maximum 25 years in prison on the charges.

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