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Hospitals are Identity Theft Targets

Social Security numbers are the gold standard for identity theft but increasingly the medical records of cancer or AIDS patients is the new target for thieves. The reason is that fraudulent medical charges can easily hide among the high number of legitimate costs.

Don't forget to review your insurance notices to make sure the treatment was for you.

Patient Data Stolen from Florida Hospital

Isis Machado, 23, of Miami Lakes, plead guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit computer fraud, identify theft and wrongful disclosure of individual health information at a U.S. District Court in Fort Lauderdale.

Isis is one of two people charged with stealing the personal and medical information of more than 1,100 patients at a suburban hospital. She downloaded the information while working the front desk at the hospital.

The information was used to bill medical providers in Miami for services that were never rendered. The two stole $7 million in fraudulently billing to Medicare.

Tax Time

Just a quick reminder to not leave your mail in a mailbox this time of year. A W-2 or 1099 is a wealth of information for an identity thief.

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