Ca: Ontario Securities Commission lays criminal charges in patient records privacy breach at two Toronto hospitals

Diana Mehta reports:

Criminal charges have been laid after thousands of confidential records were allegedly stolen from two Toronto hospitals and used to market registered education savings plans to new mothers.

The alleged incidents involved the Rouge Valley Health System and the Scarborough Hospital and were investigated by Ontario’s financial regulator, which oversees the sale of RESPs.

One former Rouge Valley employee had already been charged in connection with the alleged misuse of patient information, but the Ontario Securities Commission said Tuesday that its investigation has lead to fresh charges against five more people.

The OSC alleges that Nellie Acar, a former sales representative for a company called Global RESP Corporation, bought stolen maternity patient labels from Esther Cruz, a registered nurse who worked at both hospitals.

Read more on the Kelowna Daily Courier.

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