One defendant had been employed at the assisted living organization; it is unclear who stole patient identitise from the medical laboratory service. The conspirators attempted to steal more than $276,000 from the United States Treasury through the fraud scheme.
"They conspired to file fraudulent tax returns using the stolen identities of assisted-living facility residents." - US Attorney's Office, Northern District Florida
It appears that the patient ID thefts were discovered by the IRS, not by the organizations holding the personally identifiable information (PII). Organizations seeking to proactively detect identity theft and data privacy breaches can utilize identity and activity analytics services.
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(a) FL: Three People Sentenced in Tax Refund Fraud Scheme That Used Patient Data - www.DataBreaches.net, 11/06/2015