Thursday, June 11, 2015

Medical Assistant Stole Patient IDs for Credit Fraud

While employed at a dermatology clinic in Little Rock Arkansas, a medical assistant stole personal identifying information (PII) of patients. She used the patient information to open fraudulent lines of credit with online retailers from which she proceeded to make thousands of dollars in purchases.

Her job afforded her regular access to medical files that contained sensitive information such as patient dates of birth and social security numbers.

"The job afforded her regular access to medical files that contained sensitive, personally identifiable information such as patient dates of birth and social security numbers."
- US Department of Justice, Eastern District of Arkansas
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Sources:
(a) MEDICAL ASSISTANT PLEADS GUILTY TO AGGRAVATED IDENTITY THEFT - www.Justice.gov, 06/03/2015

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