Cancer Records Used for Credit Fraud

Indictment alleges paper medical records stolen
Cancer Records Used for Credit Fraud
Four Florida women have been indicted for their alleged participation in a scheme to steal personal information about cancer patients and use it to obtain fraudulent credit accounts.

In a somewhat similar recent case in Chicago, an identity theft ring relied on a janitor to steal personal information from patient files at a Chicago hospital, authorities say.

The indictment filed in U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Florida alleges that Sharita Hubbard of Pompano Beach, Fla., stole personal information from medical records while working in a series of four medical records jobs at area healthcare organizations. It states that she gathered information by copying the face sheets of patient records. These contained patient names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, Medicare numbers and addresses.

The nine-count indictment alleges that from October 2008 through February 2010, Hubbard conspired with three others to use the stolen information to obtain credit cards in the patients' names and defraud the victims of about $162,000. The others indicted are Onakia Griffin, Lakenya Knight and Cherralyn Milton-Browner.

The charges include conspiracy to commit wire fraud, identity theft, credit card fraud, substantive wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Hubbard worked at University MRI Diagnostic Center, Boca Raton; Holy Cross Hospital, Fort Lauderdale; North Ridge Medical Center, Fort Lauderdale; and Oncology and Hematology Associates of West Broward, Tamarac.

U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Sloan and Michael Fithen, special agent in charge with the U.S. Secret Service, announced the unsealing of the indictment March 30.

About the Author

Howard Anderson

Howard Anderson

Former News Editor, ISMG

Anderson was news editor of Information Security Media Group and founding editor of HealthcareInfoSecurity and DataBreachToday. He has more than 40 years of journalism experience, with a focus on healthcare information technology issues. Before launching HealthcareInfoSecurity, he served as founding editor of Health Data Management magazine, where he worked for 17 years, and he served in leadership roles at several other healthcare magazines and newspapers.

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