Florida businessman to be sentenced for stealing patient records from Jackson Memorial

Jay Weaver reports:

A Miami-Dade businessman who pleaded guilty to pilfering thousands of patient records to sell to lawyers for injury claims faces up to 12 years in prison at his sentencing in federal court Monday afternoon.

Ruben E. Rodriguez, 62, admitted he stole Jackson Memorial Hospital records of patients’ names, addresses, telephone numbers and medical diagnoses and sold them to several attorneys in exchange for kickbacks.

He also admitted stealing records from an ambulance company dating back to 1995 in a related scheme.

In exchange for the confidential information, lawyers paid Rodriguez hundreds of thousands of dollars after settling injury claims on the patients’ behalf, prosecutors said, though no attorneys have been charged in the case.

Read more in the Miami Herald.

Previous coverage of these breaches on PHIprivacy.net can be found here, here, and here.

And why have no lawyers been charged in connection with these crimes? Anyone know?

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