Monday, August 25, 2014

Health Insurance Employee Stole Client IDs for Tax Fraud

An employee of a Massachusetts health insurance company pleaded guilty to stealing 8,700 customer identities that he shared with co-conspirators who used the data to steal Social Security benefits and file fraudulent tax returns.

The data stolen included names, birth dates and Social Security numbers, primarily from customers over age 65.

"[He] stole and disclosed the personal data of over 8,700 customers."
- US Attorney's office

The employee started working for the health insurance company in 2010. It is unclear over what period of time the identity thefts occurred, when they were discovered and by whom. Healthcare organizations seeking to proactively detect identity theft and privacy breaches can utilize low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.

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Sources:
(a) Worcester Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing Government Money - www.Justice.gov, 04/14/2014

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