Monday, January 13, 2014

Nurse Sentenced for Patient ID Theft, Tax Fraud

One of two nurse aides at a Virginia hospital has been sentenced to 81 months in prison for stealing patients' personal information and using it to submit fraudulent tax returns.

The second nurse aide has pleaded guilty and will be sentenced later this month. Both aides, who received tax refunds in patients names, admitted to assistance from others in the US and Nigeria.

"The two aides used their positions to obtain the personal information including dates of birth and social security numbers from thousands of patients." - WTKR TV
It is unclear if the the hospital learned of the patient privacy breaches from internal audits or were alerted by law enforcement as the result of a tax fraud investigation. Organizations can proactively detect breaches of data breaches with low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.
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Sources:
(a) Former Beach General nurse aide sentenced for using patients’ personal info to commit tax fraud - www.WTKR.com, 01/14/2014

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