You hear about it happening all over the world, but somehow you still may not think it could happen to you. For thousands of Tidewater residents, information got into the hands of identity thieves at Sentara Healthcare. Identity theft is now a reality for at least 250 of these victims. Two male nurses have pleaded guilty to improperly accessing the personal information of thousands of patients and using that information to gain more than $116,000 in fraudulent federal tax returns. From September 2011 through April 2013, these two former Sentara nurses gave patient names, date of birth, and social security numbers to accomplices in order to file false tax returns totaling more than $401,000. Other crimes that may have been perpetrated with the information obtained were not disclosed in the Virginia Pilot article of Oct 12, 2013. Sentara will be notifying everyone whose information was accessed and offering a one-year subscription to a credit monitoring service.