Thursday, June 5, 2014

Patient ID Theft Ring Leader Sentenced 10 Years

Jennifer Robinson organized a scheme to steal patient identities from a Central Florida medical facility. The stolen patient IDs were then used to file fraudulent income tax returns in the patients’ names, and to fraudulently obtain credit cards.

Numerous co-conspirators and co-defendants in this insider patient identity theft, tax and credit card fraud ring have been sentenced or are awaiting sentencing.

"The scheme involved stealing the identities of patients at a medical facility in central Florida. Those identities were then used to file fraudulent federal income tax returns in the patients’ names seeking fraudulent refunds, and obtaining fraudulent credit cards which were then used to make fraudulent purchases."
- US Attorney's Office, Southern District of Florida
It seems that in this case, as in most involving insider identity thefts from healthcare organizations, law enforcement discovered the data breach. Healthcare organizations seeking to proactively detect patient identity thefts can utilize low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.
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Sources:
(a) Ringleader of Identity Theft Ring Sentenced to 121 Months in Prison - www.Justice.gov. 06/02/2014

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