Clinic employee sentenced for ID theft

Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced Monday that during a federal court session in Missoula, on July 31, 2009, before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, Andrea Mackowiak, a 33-year-old resident of Columbia Falls, was sentenced to a term of prison for 24 months. She was also ordered to...

Employee violated HIPAA but got job back

A Wisconsin hospital employee fired for accessing the medical records of her estranged son so she could find him has been reinstated after an arbitrator called her punishment excessive. The 30-year veteran of St. Francis Hospital in Milwaukee was fired after an investigation found she repeatedly accessed her son’s records in violation of federal...

Three Atlantans indicted for bank fraud conspiracy

Three metro Atlanta residents have been indicted on bank fraud conspiracy and identity theft charges for allegedly stealing Wachvoia Bank account numbers and draining thousands of dollars from the accounts. Yolanda Denise Scott, 31, of Hampton, Ga., and Germaine Monroe, 57, of Atlanta, have made initial appearances in court. A third defendant charged in...

ID theft ring targeted Dobbins servicemen

DeKalb County Police have arrested two women and secured warrants for three others who took part in an organized identity theft ring that stole more than $50,000 from members of the U.S. Air Force. Detectives believe that in 2007 the group gained access to the secured member roster of the 80th Aerial Port Squadron...

Data security breach notification law update

Hunton & Williams provide a nice roundup of data breach notification law changes during the month of July. On July 1, breach notification laws in Alaska and South Carolina went into effect. On July 9, Missouri became the 45th state to enact a data breach notification law. On July 22, Senator Patrick Leahy reintroduced...