Friday, May 2, 2014

AL Hospital Employee Stole Patients' IDs for Tax Fraud

An Alabama hospital has notified patients their identities may have been stolen and used to file fraudulent tax returns.

In February 2014 it was learned that a hospital laboratory employee had been stealing personal information from patient records since 2013. It was not announced how many patients were victims of these identity thefts.

"An employee in our laboratory was taking...patients' personal information, and he may have attempted to use that information to file fraudulent tax returns." - Hospital Privacy Officer
Stolen Identity Tax Fraud (SIRF) is a major problem that the US Attorney's office and IRS have been tackling. Unfortunately hospitals are often the source of the stolen identities.
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(a) Patients personal information stolen from Flowers Hospital -, 04/30/2014

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