Friday, April 8, 2011

HIPAA Violation Indictments for 2 Medical Office Assistants

United States Attorney and U.S. Secret Service announced indictment of twelve individuals in a massive identity theft and bank fraud scheme.
Two medical office assistants were charged with violations of HIPAA laws for stealing patient identification information. If convicted each face a maximum statutory term of ten (10) years’ imprisonment for the HIPAA violations.
Moreover, the two medical office assistants were charged, along with 10 others, with conspiracy to commit bank fraud, access device fraud and identity theft

The stolen personal identification information (PII) was used to deplete the victim's bank accounts and incur credit card charges as high as $128,000 in one case.
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NOTE: An Indictment is only an accusation, and defendant are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Sources:
(a) Medical office assistants and broward school board employee among twelve charged in bank fraud and identity theft ring - The United States Attorney's Office of the Southern District of Florida, April 5, 2011


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