Ex-UCLA researcher pleads guilty to record breach
Shaya Tayefe Mohajer of Associated Press reports:
A former UCLA School of Medicine researcher pleaded guilty to reading confidential medical records of celebrities, high-profile patients and his co-workers in federal court on Friday.
Los Angeles resident Huping Zhou, 38, entered a conditional guilty plea to four counts of violating federal medical privacy laws in a hearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrew J. Wistrich.
Zhou, who was dismissed from UCLA for job performance issues on Nov. 14, 2003, wrongly viewed UCLA patient records 323 times between Oct. 29 and Nov. 19 that year, said Thom Mrozek, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
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Zhou had been ndicted Nov. 17 2008 on suspicion of inappropriately accessing 71 celebrity medical records but was not accused of selling any information.