Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Hospital Employee Stole Patient IDs for Tax Fraud

An employee of a Detroit hospital has been accused of stealing patients' personal identifying information (PII) that was then used to file fraudulent tax returns. Over 1,400 patients were victims of these insider breaches.

The identity thefts took place over a three year time period from 2011 through 2014. It is unclear why these ID thefts went on for so long and why they were discovered by law enforcement, rather than the organization holding the PII.

"[he is] accused of using personal identifying information obtained from patient records to file false tax returns in other people’s names." - QUOTEE
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(a) Farmington Hills man accused of hospital ID theft takes plea deal; second suspect still negotiating - www.TheOaklandPress.com, 07/17/2015

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