Former Palm Beach County Health Department employee sentenced in data theft for tax refund fraud scheme

AP has an update on an insider breach at the Palm Beach County Department Health, reported previously on this blog:

A federal judge imposed the sentence last week on 31-year-old Salita St. Simon of Belle Glade. St. Simon was also ordered to pay more than $19,000 in restitution and serve two years’ probation after her release.

Court records show St. Simon used her access to a health department database to steal patient information including dates of birth and Social Security numbers. Prosecutors say St. Simon stole identifying information of 1,858 people, which was used by others to obtain fraudulent federal tax refunds.

Read more on Herald-Tribune.

As noted at the time, the employee had been charged with stealing information on over 2,800 patients. This report says 1,858 people. Palm Beach County Health Department had reported the incident to HHS as affecting 877 people. Hopefully, everyone who was affected got notified.

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