Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Doctor's Receptionist Arrested for Patient Identity Theft

The receptionist at a Chicago healthcare practice was arrested for identity theft and for being the "organizer of a continuing financial crimes enterprise". The receptionist's accomplice withdrew cash from a local bank using a fake ID that had the accomplice's picture but the patient’s personal information.

The bank has reimbursed each of the 26 known victims, but police believe there may be more victims and the amount of the fraud may exceed the $125,000 identified to date.
"She’s in a position of trust. You feel comfortable and here she is. She’s taking your information. I think that’s pretty bold”." - Chicago police detective Christine Jalloway
The investigation began when several women in the same geographic area reported bank fraud. The police found that a commonality among the victims was their healthcare provider.
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The owner of healthcare practice was alerted by the Chicago Police Department Financial Crimes Division that it was investigating a matter involving one of its employees.
We take information protection very seriously and will continue to work to ensure that all appropriate measures are taken to protect our patients." - Healthcare practices' lawyer
Sources:
(a) Chicago Police Crack ID Fraud At Doctor’s Office - CBS Chicago (chicago.cbslocal.com), April 26, 2011

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