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MCSO: 40,000 patients at risk for fraud after credit card scheme revealed

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Brittany Davidson; Winfred Aurelious Dick Brittany Davidson; Winfred Aurelious Dick
PHOENIX -

Deputies say 46,000 patients are at risk of fraudulent charges after two people were caught stealing credit card information from the files of a medical billing firm.

Brittany Davidson and Winfred Aurelious Dick Jr. were arrested after Maricopa County Sheriff's Captain Dave Letourneau noticed a fraudulent charge on his credit card.

Deputies say it was used to pay for Dick's traffic fine in Glendale City Court.

Detectives launched an investigation and say Davidson had been stealing credit card information from her employer, a medical billing firm that services Scottsdale Dermatology Clinic.

According to deputies, up to 46,000 patients are at risk of being victims of the scheme.

A search warrant was served to Davidson's home, where Dick also lives, and deputies say they found evidence linking them both to the captain's theft.

Police also found meth in Dick's vehicle wrapped in court paperwork.

Deputies say the pair stole from an unknown number of patients from the dermatology clinics and regularly used the credit cards for purchases varying from pizza to tires.

Davidson allegedly admitted to detectives that she'd been stealing and using card numbers, which she got from Scottsdale Dermatology and their associated offices around the valley.

She told FOX 10, "If I could go back I would take it all back and I feel so bad for the people I've taken from... I had access to all kinds of peoples information and it's not like I picked someone specifically."

So far, Sheriff Joe Arpaio says at least four victims have been identified, but he fears there are many more victims.

Both Davidson and Dick were arrested and face charges of aggravated identity theft, computer tampering, fraudulent use of a credit card and fraud schemes.

Sheriff's detectives and the dermatology clinic are asking all patients to carefully review their bank and credit card statements.

If you are a patient of this clinic and have received a fraudulent charge from Jan. 1, 2013 to present, please call the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office at 876-1011.

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