Monday, April 27, 2015

Hospital Employee Stole Patient IDs for Unemployment Fraud

A judge sentenced a Texas healthcare worker to more than 10 years in federal prison for stealing patient identities and using the information to claim unemployment benefits. This fraud has cost taxpayers more than $1.2 million in stolen benefits.

The woman, a transplant assistant, had access to information of patients and transplant donors and stole names, Social Security numbers and dates of birth.

"she had access to information of patients and [transplant] donors and stole names, Social Security numbers and dates of birth." - Court documents
The fraud was discovered when a victim tried to file for unemployment benefits. Rather than have identity theft discovered by a third party, organizations can proactively detect it with low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.
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Sources:
(a) TX: Former Methodist Healthcare employee sentenced to more than 10 years; stole patient info for unemployment benefits - www.DataBreaches.net, 04/24/2015

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