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2 arrested for selling stolen identities in Tampa

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Denetria Barnes, left, and Jakiel Bazart, right Denetria Barnes, left, and Jakiel Bazart, right
TAMPA, FL (WFLA) -

Federal investigators arrested two people accused of selling stolen identities they claimed to get from local medical facilities.

Jakiel Bazart, 27, and Denetria Barnes, 24, are charged with conspiring to "wrongfully disclose HIPPA information." Both Bazart and Barnes gave undercover agents lists of names, dates of birth and social security numbers in exchange for cash, according to an affidavit filed in federal court by an IRS criminal investigations agent.

In texts with a detective pretending to be an interested buyer for the identities, Barnes said some of the info came from Tampa General Hospital, according to the affidavit.

Barnes said in a text that the information was "All off a master copy I just rewrote them cus I need my master."

In one alleged deal in the parking lot of a pharmacy on Columbus Avenue in Tampa, authorities say Barnes gave an undercover agent 104 identities in exchange for $8,000.

According to the affidavit, Barnes said in texts that she worked at TGH as an "intern medical assistant." A spokesman for TGH said there is no record of Barnes ever working at TGH as an employee or even a volunteer.

"Maybe she was just saying that to boost her value," said Tampa General Hospital spokesman John Dunn.

It's unclear whether Barnes got information from TGH through someone else, or whether the information she allegedly sold came from somewhere else. Dunn said the hospital plans to contact law enforcement to find out more about the lists of identities.

Barnes worked part-time at Emerald Garden Assisted Living in Clearwater. The facility's owner Patricia Rouhani said Barnes did not have access to computer records at the facility. She confirmed Barnes was expected to show up for work there as recently as Wednesday, the day she was arrested by federal agents.  

Bazart and Barnes were allegedly working together, but at one point had a "falling out," according to the affidavit.

Bazart told an undercover agent that he previously worked at Town and Country Hospital, had a contact there and "can get anyone's records."

A spokesman for Town and Country Hospital said there is no record of Bazart currently working at the hospital.

In court on Wednesday, an assistant U.S. attorney said Bazart sold law enforcement names, dates of birth and social security numbers in an undercover buy that was supposed to be worth $15,000.

"He's an economic danger to the community," Judge Elizabeth Jenkins said during the hearing.

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