Ex-city worker pleads not guilty to identity theft 

Breach: A former city worker is accused of emailing Medi-Cal applicants’ confidential information to herself.
  • Breach: A former city worker is accused of emailing Medi-Cal applicants’ confidential information to herself.

A former employee of San Francisco’s Human Services Agency pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges that she stole the personal information of more than 3,000 Medi-Cal applicants, prosecutors said.

Shawn Williams was fired from her job as an eligibility worker for the agency’s Medi-Cal program in March 2009, according to District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Stephanie Ong Stillman.

In 2006, Williams allegedly began emailing the applicants’ confidential information from her work computer to her home computer. And after she was reprimanded by her supervisors for the practice in 2008, started printing out hard copies and taking them home with her, Stillman said.

"The motive seems to be that she was trying to build a case for herself for workplace discrimination," Stillman said. "It seemed that she was trying to show that she had a lot of work … she was trying to show her supervisors, I assume."

Stillman said Williams sued The City after she was let go.

The applicants’ personal information, found in boxes of papers in Williams’ home, contained names, Social Security numbers and addresses. No fraudulent activity related to the information has been reported, according to the District Attorney’s Office. Each person listed in the stolen documentation was notified about the breach.

Williams is out of custody after being arraigned on four felony counts of withholding and concealing stolen property and two misdemeanor counts of possessing confidential information of people who have applied for or received Medi-Cal benefits.

aburack@sfexaminer.com

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