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Ex-Blue Cross employee pleads guilty to ID theft

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A woman who had access to customers' personal identifying information while working for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida in 2011 has pleaded guilty to a federal charge of aggravated identity theft.

Laura Butler, 40, faces a maximum penalty of seven years in federal prison with a two-year mandatory minimum prison term.

Butler was indicted on September 10, 2014. Her co-defendant, Cherica Daniels, pleaded guilty to the same charges last month.

According to the plea agreement, Butler accessed several subscribers' identities and later used them to complete false and fraudulent federal income tax returns.

The case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kelly S. Karase.