St. Petersburg Police Press Release

Chief of Police
1301 First Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33705

(727) 893-7550


For Immediate Release
Report number: 2020-017405
Date of original release: 11-06-20

Healthcare Worker Arrested for Fraudulently Taking & Using Patients' Credit Cards

Released on 11-06-20 at 4:47 p.m.

SPPD arrested Juan Carlos Collins yesterday and charged him with one count of Unlawful Possession of Personal Identification Information of Another Person, two counts of Fraudulent Use of Personal Identification Information and five counts of Fraudulent Use of Personal Identification Information on an Individual 60yoa or older. All charges are felonies, and additional charges may be added as the investigation continues.

Collins worked at St. Anthony's Hospital (12 7th Ave N) and AFC Urgent Care (2241 66th St.) both in St. Pete, where he gained access to patients' personal belongings. He then used the information he gathered to make purchases with Lyft, Uber, AT&T, Macy's, and The investigation has so far revealed that he started doing this back in May of 2020 and continued up until the day he was arrested. The case is still very active, as victims examine their accounts for fraudulent charges.

Investigators believe there could be more victims who haven't realized it yet. Collins is known to work at other healthcare facilities in Tampa Bay. In some instances, investigators believe Mr. Collins took pictures/photocopied patients' cards, for use at a later time. Having possession of your credit cards does not mean you have not been victimized.

Even though Mr. Collins has been arrested, detectives would like to encourage anyone who visited a medical facility in St. Pete, to check their accounts for fraudulent activity. If you find any charges for items/services you didn't make or new lines of credit, please call the police non-emergency line at 727-893-7780.

Juan Carlos Collins

Juan Carlos Collins

St. Petersburg Police Media Relations - (727) 893-7550
YOLANDA FERNANDEZ - Public Information Officer