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St. Pete healthcare worker arrested for taking, using patients' credit cards

Posted at 5:23 PM, Nov 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-06 17:23:22-05

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A St. Pete man was arrested after police said he took and used patients' credit cards.

Police said Juan Carlos Collins worked at St. Anthony's Hospital and AFC Urgent Care in St. Pete where he gained access to patients' personal belongings.

He used the information he collected to make purchases with Lyft, Uber, AT&T, Macy's and Belk, police said.

So far in the investigation, police said Collins started doing this in May 2020 and continued until he was arrested on Thursday.

This case is still active as victims are looking at their accounts for fraudulent charges.

Collins was arrested and charged with one count of unlawful possession of personal identification information of another person, two counts of fraudulent use of personal identification information and five counts of fraudulent use of personal identification information on an individual 60 years old or older.

Investigators believe there could be more victims who haven't realized it yet. Police ask anyone who visited a medical facility in St. Pete to check their accounts for fraudulent activity.

If you find any charges for items/services you didn't make or new lines of credit, please call the police non-emergency line at 727-893-7780.