Friday, November 21, 2014

Hospital Insider Stole Patient IDs for Tax Fraud

While employed at two Detroit hospitals, a woman stole hundreds of patient identities and used the information to file fraudulent tax returns.

According to the US Attorney's office at least 305 people were identity theft victims and the scam netted $500,000 in refunds for the woman and her accomplice.

"...technology has made it easier than ever for [criminals] to commit identify fraud...." - US Attorney Barbara McQuade
It is unclear when the identity thefts started or when the were discovered. Healthcare organizations seeking proactive detection of identity thefts can utilize low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.
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Sources:
(a) Feds: Identity thieves hit 2 metro Detroit hospitals - www.Freep.com, 11/18/2014

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