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University of Florida reports patient identity theft ring
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Fri, 5 Apr 2013 02:51:03 -0500 (CDT)


By Patrick Ouellette
Health IT Security
April 4, 2013

The University of Florida (UF) medical clinic announced yesterday that a former medical clinic employee, Arthur Thomas, had breached the data of nearly 15,000 patients as part of an identity theft ring.

Thomas was arrested Tuesday, according to The Gainesville Sun, and stole patient data from UF&Shands Family Medicine at Main from March 2009 and October 2012 and included patients’ insurance information, names, addresses, dates of birth and Social Security numbers while selling the information to a third party. The university learned of the breach on Oct. 25, but state law enforcement prevented it from notifying patients until the criminal investigation was complete. Though it’s unsure how much of the patient data was sold, UF sent out letters to 14,339 patients, but was unable to find addresses for 450 of them.

There was also a second accomplice in the data theft, Daremia Crews, who was arrested by the State Attorney’s Office in January. Crews was an intern at the Brentwood Primary Center, affiliated with Shands Hospital at Jacksonville, and she allegedly sent 261 identities to her ring source. The Office of the State Attorney, Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Secret Service have been involved with the ongoing investigation as well.


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