Detroit hospitals hit by Medical Identity Theft

November 27th, 2014 by admin Leave a reply »

According to the reports, two hospitals in Detroit were affected when two thieves stole Protected Health Information (PHI) of around 1,400 people. The purpose of the thieves was revealed when phony tax refunds were filed for around $500,000 using the stolen data.

A search warrant was issued and the investigation led to confiscation of stolen information, which included bank records, credit cards, “stacks of hospital patient records” and hand written notes that included individuals’ names, dates of birth, and Social Security numbers. The accused Markitta Washington, 29, and Martez Lear, 29 allegedly took patient records to file false tax returns in other people’s names. Washington is a former employee of Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital and DMC Harper Hospital.

“Criminals should know that while technology has made it easier than ever for them to commit identify fraud, technology is also making it easier for law enforcement to catch them,” U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade said in a statement. “We are making enforcement of identity theft a high priority because this crime has become so pervasive and can be so damaging to victims.”

Henry Ford spokesman David Olejarz told that the hospital takes the misuse of patients’ information very seriously and that the conduct of a former worker does not represent the entire hospital staff.

Approximately 1,000 patients’ PHI from DMC Harper was found in the home of the two suspects. After the investigation, Washington’s access to the computer systems was revoked.

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