Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Hospital Lab Employee Stole Patient IDs for Bank Fraud

A medical assistant in the pathology department at a Veterans Administration hospital stole patients' personal identifying information (PII) to obtain fraudulent credit cards and access victims' bank accounts.

The woman's manager said that type job would give access to information such as dates of birth and Social Security numbers. She has been charged with 17 counts of identity theft.

"[She] would have had access to patient information including birth dates and Social Security numbers."
- Government hospital's lab manager
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Sources:
(a) Ex-VA worker charged with stealing identities from hospital, mail from neighbors - www.Madison.com, 03/14/2015

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