Identity thieves hit 2 Metro Detroit hospitals

Tresa Baldas reports:

A pair of thieves stole the identities of hundreds of patients at two Metro Detroit hospitals and used their personal information to scam the government out of nearly $500,000 in phony tax refunds, the U.S. Attorneys office announced today.

According to an indictment unsealed Monday in U.S. District Court, one of the defendants stole patient records while working at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital and DMC Harper Hospital. She then used the patients’ personal information to file false tax returns in other peoples’ names, the indictment said.

Read more on Detroit Free Press.  Law enforcement found identity information on 1,400 people when they executed a search warrant. Of these, 305 patients’ information was used for fraudulent tax returns.

There doesn’t seem to be any notice on either hospital’s home page as of the time of this posting.

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