Friday, July 15, 2011

Hospital Employee Stole Patient Records for 2 Years to Commit Identity Theft and Credit Fraud

Yet another hospital has been victimized by an employee stealing patient data for the purposes of identity theft and credit card fraud.

According to this week's indictments, an employee at a university medical center in Baltimore, Maryland stole identity information from patient files for 2 years before being caught.

The employee and 3 co-conspirators used the stolen patient data to open credit accounts and to access the victims existing accounts.
"The defendants are charged with preying upon seriously ill hospital patients and their families by using their personal information to access their credit accounts and even to open new credit accounts using their identities." - Rod J. Rosenstein, United States Attorney for the District of Maryland
The hospital only became aware that patient data had been regularly stolen from July 2009, through June 2011 when contacted by Baltimore City Police Department and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. The hospital suspended the employee in question and cooperated with law enforcement in the investigation.
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Each of the defendants faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison. The hospital employee faces a mandatory two years in prison, consecutive to any other sentence imposed, for each of four counts of aggravated identity theft.

An indictment is not a finding of guilt. An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceedings.

(a) Hospital employee and three others accused of stealing patients' identities - The Baltimore Sun, July 14, 2011
(b) Former Hospital Employee and Three Others Indicted in Identity Theft Scheme - United States Attorney for the District of Maryland, July 14, 2011

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