U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced Thursday (December 10, 2020) that Colbi Trent Defiore, age 27 and a resident of Carriere, Mississippi, was sentenced to 42 months imprisonment, 3 years of supervised release and payment of a $100 special assessment fee by United States District Judge Jay A. Zainey after previously pleading guilty to an indictment accusing him of stealing personal identifying information of more than 8,000 individuals and causing $587,000 in losses. Judge Zainey scheduled a hearing to determine the amount of restitution Defiore must repay for January 12, 2021.
According to court documents, Defiore worked as a seasonal employee for a Virginia-based company in the technology sector that supported the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) by operating contact centers to assist with, among other things, Medicare enrollment. One of the centers was located in Bogalusa, Louisiana. Defiore used the personal information of at least five consumers to apply fraudulently for at least six credit cards, loans, and lines of credit for his personal benefit.