South Miami Hospital, Baptist Health

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Date Breach Made Public: 
March 1, 2013
Miami , FL
United States
Florida US
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A dishonest hospital employee misused patient records that were dated from June 2011 to February of 2012.  Patients may have had their names, Social Security numbers, and dates of birth exposed.

UPDATE (03/15/2013): A respiratory therapist provided Social Security numbers, dates of birth, patient names, and other patient data in exchange for payment. The patient data was then used to file fraudulent tax returns.  The dishonest employee now faces charges for selling the information to two others.

UPDATE (04/26/2013): Two women who purchased patient information from a Hospital employee were sentenced for their roles in the breach.  One woman was sentenced to 26 years and five months in federal prison in addition to being ordered to pay over $1.9 million in restitution.  She was convicted of 33 fraud and identity theft charges in January.  The other was sentenced to 10 years and one month in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to defraud the government and aggravated identity theft.  The fraud ring produced fraudulent income tax refunds totalling $11.7 million.

UPDATE (07/18/2013): A respiratory therapist who engaged in the theft of patient information between June of 2011 and February of 2012 pleaded guilty.  She faces up to seven years in federal prison and is scheduled to receive a lightened sentence for cooperating with authorities in the investigation of the tax fraud ring's leaders.