SAN JOSE -- Two women face felony identity theft charges after they were found at a Santa Clara hotel with a pile of stolen mail and the personal information of patients of an East Bay breast cancer center, prosecutors said.
On Nov. 5, Santa Clara police went to the Avatar Hotel on Great America Parkway on reports that two women had rented a room using a fraudulent credit card.
According to the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office, Salina Soriano, 37, and Regina Kennedy, 36, were found along with mail that had been stolen from several Bay Area counties, as well as ledgers and notebooks containing personal information of more than 100 people.
That included "several sheets of paper filled with the names and information of a group of women, all of whom had been born the same year," according to a news release.
Investigators determined that information was for patients of the breast cancer center at Summit-Alta Bates Medical Center, and they tracked down 15 of the patients. Most said they had already been victims of identity theft.
"It's horrifying that people at such a tough time in their lives are getting victimized by total strangers who don't care," prosecutor Jennifer Deng told reporters.
Soriano, of San Jose, and Kennedy, a transient, next appear in court on Nov. 26. They are both in custody in lieu of $165,000 bail and face up to eight years in prison.
Contact Eric Kurhi at 408-920-5852. Follow him at Twitter.com/erickurhi.