Monday, August 3, 2015

Hospital Employee Stole Patient IDs for Tax Fraud Conspiracy

A hospital employee who stole patient identities, including Social Security numbers, and then used them to file fraudulent tax returns was among four people sentenced to prison for conspiracy to commit fraud and identity theft, according to the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia. Over 1,100 fraudulent tax returns were filed between January 2011 and February 2013 and $1,107,802 in refunds were obtained from the IRS.
"[She] was employed at [the hospital] during the time of the conspiracy."
- US Attorney, Middle District Georgia
It is unclear how the identity thefts were discovered. Healthcare organizations seeking to proactively detect identity theft and privacy data breaches can utilize low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.
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Sources:
(a) Four Sentenced For Filing Over 1100 Fraudulent Tax Returns In South Georgia - www.DataBreaches.et, 08/01/2015

Friday, July 31, 2015

Credit Union Employee Unauthorized Activity with Customer IDs

An employee of a California credit union carried out unauthorized activity on members' accounts from April through mid-June of 2015. The credit union notice states "The personal information available for viewing by this person included full name, social security number, driver’s license number and other financial information."

The employee has been terminated and an investigation of possible fraudulent use of members' personal identifying information (PII) is ongoing. The credit union has offered credit monitoring to members.

" a person employed by us from early April to mid-June of this year appears to have engaged in unauthorized activity involving a small number of member accounts."
- Credit union notice sent to members
It is unclear how the unauthorized activity was discovered. Organizations seeking to proactively detect unauthorized activity, even by authorized users, can utilize low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.
Learn how to proactively detect identity theft and unauthorized breaches of data privacy, even by authorized users - with no hardware and no on-site software.
Sources:
(a) Re: Security of personal information - www.OAG.ca.gov

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Financial Services Employee Stole Customer IDs for Fraud

A now former employee of a financial services company has been "charged with making identity information available for fraudulent purposes."

Allegedly, this Toronto man provided customers' identity information to counterfeiters. Police have advised customers who may be victims of these identity thefts to wait for the financial services company to contact them.

"police have charged a man suspected of selling people's ID information."
- City News
It is unclear how the identity thefts were discovered or over what time period they occurred. Organizations seeking to proactively detect identity thefts and privacy data breaches can utilize low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.
DLearn how to proactively detect identity theft and unauthorized breaches of data privacy, even by authorized users - with no hardware and no on-site software.
Sources:
(a) Toronto man arrested following identity theft investigation - www.CityNews.com, 07/29/201506

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Bank Employee Stole Customers' IDs for Theft Scheme

A lead customer service representative at a Chicago bank stole customer identities and shared the information with another individual who used the identities to obtain debit cards and then make ATM withdrawals and purchases. The identity thefts occurred from October 2010 to January 2011.

The now former bank employee was sentenced to five years probation and ordered to pay $47,449 in restitution to the bank for her role in the identity theft scam.

"she unlawfully accessed bank clients’ accounts and provided their names and other information to another individual without the clients’ knowledge." - NWI Times
It is unclear how the identity thefts were discovered or why they were allowed to occur for several months. Organizations seeking to proactively detect identity theft and data privacy breaches can utilize low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.
Learn how to proactively detect identity theft and unauthorized breaches of data privacy, even by authorized users - with no hardware and no on-site software.
Sources:
(a) Woman given probation for role in ID theft scheme - www.NWItimes.com, 07/24/2015

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Court Insider Illegally "Fixed" DUI Charges

A California county clerk charged about 1,000 people a fee to illegally "fix" their DUI and misdemeanor cases. The legal counsel for the County Superior Court system said the cases date back to 2010 and include courts across the county.

"That is big-time corruption," said Stanley Goldman, a Loyola law professor and veteran criminal lawyer. "While the individuals' cases might be relatively low-level offenses, with so many together that adds up to a very serious criminal enterprise."

"computerization of the court system might have made it easier for the wrongdoer to alter cases." - Loyola law professor, Stanley Goldman
It seems his insider's illegal activities went undiscovered for five years only because another court employee noticed an incomplete DUI case leading to a review of all cases handled by the rogue employee. Rather than discover such illegal activity by chance, organizations can detect it proactively with low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.
Learn how to proactively detect identity theft and unauthorized breaches of data privacy, even by authorized users - with no hardware and no on-site software.
Sources:
(a) O.C.'s illegally fixed court cases add up to 'big-time corruption' - www.LAtimes.com, 06/20/2015

Monday, July 27, 2015

Health IT Survey: 64% said an insider responsible for a significant incident

According to a survey by the HIMMS (Health Information and Management Systems Society) 87 percent of health information security officers and other health IT professionals said cybersecurity has become a higher business priority within their organizations in the last year.

The top source of recent “security incidents” is negligence inside the organization (46% of respondents), and 64 percent said that "an insider has been responsible for a significant incident at some point."

"64 percent said that an insider has been responsible for a significant incident at some point."
- HIMSS survey
Healthcare organizations seeking to proactively detect insider data privacy breaches and identity thefts can utilize low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.
Learn how to proactively detect identity theft and unauthorized breaches of data privacy, even by authorized users - with no hardware and no on-site software.
Sources:
(a) SOURCE_TITLE - www.MedCityNews.com, 06/30/2015

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