Tuesday, January 7, 2014

FL Health Dept Workers Steal Identies for Tax Fraud

Two Florida Health Department workers admitted to 2,300 identity thefts from the health department's record system.

Shanterica Smith and Gerald Williams stole, patient information such as names, Social Security numbers, and dates of birth. They said they were paid to steal the information for others who used it for a tax fraud scheme.

"Smith and Williams each pleaded guilty to a federal fraud charge, admitting they took names, Social Security numbers and birth dates of health department patients."
- Orlando Sentinel
It seems the Health Department learned of the identity thefts was as a result of the tax fraud investigation started in 2011, rather than from their internal audits. Organizations that want to proactively detect data privacy breaches can utilize low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.
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Sources:
(a) Health department workers admit to stealing patient info - www.orlandosentinel.com, 12/20/2013

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