Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Doctor Office Employee Stole 8,600 Patient IDs

A Florida man has been sentenced to 61 months in prison for his part in an identity theft tax refund fraud scheme.

A woman, formerly an employee at a physician's office, stole patients' personal information (PII) and sold it to the Florida man. For her part in the scheme she received 36 months in prison.

"[She] acted as a “thief” in this case, stealing PII for [a person] who then sold it to third parties."
- US Attorney's Office, Southern District of Florida
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Sources:
(a) FL: Miami-Dade County Resident Sentenced In Identity Theft Scheme Involving Over 8,600 Patients’ Identities - www.PHIprivacy.net, 01/28/2015

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