Others involved in this scheme have already been sentenced. The scheme involved an employee of a medical services provider giving user names and passwords to Tiffany Shenae Cooper so she could steal patient identities used by others in the ring to submit fraudulent tax returns.
"Cooper admitted to illegally logging on to the medical services provider’s computer network and downloading PII for the purpose of committing various types of fraud."It is unclear why the medical services company, which as of 01/28/14 has not submitted a breach notification to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), did not detect the identity thefts prior to law enforcement. Healthcare organizations seeking proactive detection of identity thefts can utilize low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.
- US Attorney's Office, Southern District Florida
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(a) Final Defendant Pleads Guilty in Identity Theft Tax Refund Fraud Scheme Involving Thousands of Patients’ Personal Identity Information - www.Justice.gov, 03/29/2014