Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Nurse Awaiting Sentencing for Patient Identity Thefts

In June, an Albany New York nurse and her boyfriend pleaded guilty to stealing multiple patient identities and using them to open fraudulent credit card accounts.

The boyfriend has just been sentenced up to 15 years in prison and the nurse will be sentenced soon.

"the [nurse] stole patient identities over the course of a year and then she and boyfriend applied for multiple credit cards and made purchases using those identities."
- PHIprivacy.net
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Sources:
(a) Sentencing in Albany Medical Center breach prosecution - www.PHIprivacy.net, 08/25/2014

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