Thursday, September 5, 2013

Nurse Sentenced in Patient Identity Theft, Tax Fraud

In a previous blog we reported a Georgia home healthcare nurse who stole her patients' identities and filed fraudulent tax returns.

On August 23,2013, Melody Milton, who pleaded guilty to embezzlement of government property and aggravated identity theft, was sentenced to 70 months imprisonment and ordered to pay S110,431 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service.

"While she should have been caring for her patients, Ms. Milton was stealing their identities and using them to steal from the U.S. Treasury."
- United States Attorney, Michael Moore
This was another case where a healthcare organization was unaware of the ongoing insider privacy breach until they were notified by law enforcement. It is not known if this organization will detect future breaches of privacy by insiders. For proactive privacy breach detection healthcare organizations can now utilize low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics.
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