Friday, April 12, 2013

Prison for $10 Mil Fraud Based on Stolen Medical Data

An owner of a NY medical equipment company was sentenced this week to federal prison for 12 years. She was convicted of health care fraud and HIPAA identity theft.

Over a five year period she used her company as an entree into nursing homes in order to access and steal patient records. She used the records to submit $10 million in false Medicare billings.

"She violated the privacy of over a thousand patients and stole Medicare funds dedicated to preserving the health of our seniors and other citizens."
- United States Attorney Loretta E. Lynch
This type of fraudulent activity highlights the value of patients' medical identity to thieves and the need for proactive privacy data breach detection.
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Sources:
(a) Long Island Health Care Provider Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for $10 Million Medicare Fraud and HIPAA Identity Theft - PHIprivacy.net, 04/11/2013

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