Saturday, June 2, 2012

Patients Records Stolen for Identity Theft by Miami Beach Hospital Employee

An hospital specimen control clerk is accussed of stealing 340 patient records, including their Social Security numbers, birthdates, names, and other personal information.

No information is available on how long she had been stealing patient records, nor how many people are victims of her identity theft.
[She] had no lawful reason, nor did she have authorized access, to view or print these patient records." - U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida
The employee who worked at a hospital in Miami Beach, Florida, came under suspicion when she was stopped for reckless driving and the police found 11 computer screen printouts from the local hospital. She had clearly written “Duplicate SS” and “IRS Accepted” on on the printouts.

The Internal Revenue Service’s Identity Theft Task Force then pursued the case and traced the printouts back to the hospital's computer systems. The clerk was then arrested on a charge of knowingly transferring, possessing and using, without lawful authority, the personal identification of another with the intent to commit a violation of federal law that also constitutes a felony under State and local law.
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Sources:
(a) IRS Identity Theft Task Force Arrests Mount Sinai Hospital Employee for Allegedly Stealing Patient Records - United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, May 31, 2012
(b) Hospital specimen clerk in Miami Beach charged with theft of patients’ IDs - The Miami Herald, May 31, 2012

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