identity theft

Florida officials say hackers may have accessed the personal information and medical records of up to 30,000 Medicaid recipients two months ago.

Emails Lead To Data Breach At Healthy Kids

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As many as 2,000 people who rely on children's health-insurance programs may have had their personal data stolen.

Psssst — Need a phony ID? A fraudulent tax refund? Insurance money from a sham car crash? Florida may have just what you're looking for.

Since the first settlers hacked their way into the mangrove tangles and drained much of the swampland, sunny South Florida has been virtually synonymous with shady deals and scams.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield will be providing identity protection services to all eligible members across the United States by the start of the new year.

The services — which include credit monitoring, fraud detection and fraud resolution — will be available to eligible members for as long as they have a Blue Cross and Blue Shield insurance policy.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies provide health coverage to more than 106 million members.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield will contact customers directly to let them know how to obtain the services.

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Two employees of the Florida Hospital chain accused of copying 9,000 patient records outside of their normal job duties have been fired, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Law enforcement officials notified the hospital in May 2014, after discovering the records during a separate investigation, but patients were not notified until last week, according to the Sentinel.

A former assistant at a South Florida medical practice has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for stealing patient identities from a hospital database.

A federal judge imposed the sentence Friday on 33-year-old La Toya Yvette Tillman of Hollywood, who pleaded guilty in August to aggravated identity theft.

According to court documents, Tillman was able to steal the identities by accessing the Memorial Healthcare System database through a computer at her medical office. She sold 2,000 of the stolen identities to another person for $1 each.

Efforts to clamp down on health care fraud continue across Florida, different media report.

USF Health is investigating a breach that exposed the personal information of about 140 patients treated by its doctors at Tampa General Hospital.

Thousands of patients at Shands in Gainesville and Jacksonville are being warned that their financial information may have been stolen by an identity theft ring. Details are in the Gainesville Sun and First Coast News

 

An employee of the Palm Beach County Health Department was arrested for stealing the personal information of 2,800 patients, the Palm Beach Post reports.