Monday, October 27, 2014

Medical Assistant Sentenced for Insider ID Theft

A Florida medical assistant who pleaded guilty in August 2014 to stealing and selling 2,000 identities knowing they would be used to file fraudulent tax returns has been sentenced. She is to serve three years in prison followed by three years supervised release.

The personally identifiable information she stole from a hospital database included patients' names, addresses, birth dates, and Social Security numbers.

"[She] accessed the [hospital] database...to steal patient identities, including names, dates of birth, and social security numbers, so that she could sell them."
- U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Florida
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Sources:
(a) Former Medical Assistant at Gastroenterology Consultants Sentenced For Stealing Patients’ Identities From The Memorial Healthcare System Database - www.PHIprivacy.net, 10/24/2014

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