Friday, May 9, 2014

Nurse Stole Patient IDs for Up To Four Years for Credit Card Fraud

A New York nurse has been charged with stealing patient identities, possibly for as long as four years. She used the patients' personal information to open fraudulent accounts and credit cards.

Sheriff Craig Apple said the licensed practical nurse used her access to patient information to fuel her and her boyfriend's scheme to defraud.

"The nurse was extracting personal information, and then they were setting up phony accounts and setting up credit cards."
- Sheriff Craig Apple
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Sources:
(a) Albany Med nurse charged with stealing patient identities - www.TimesUnion.com, 04/07/2014

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