Man Charged in ID Theft at NY Hospital

Verena Dobnick of the Associated Press reports:

A man who worked in the admissions department at a prestigious Manhattan hospital has been charged with stealing and selling information on nearly 50,000 patients.

Dwight McPherson, 38, a former worker at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, was arrested Friday night, shortly after the hospital announced the security breach.


Prosecutors said McPherson exploited his access to the hospital’s computer registration system to acquire lists of patient names, phone numbers and Social Security numbers over a two-year period.

Authorities became aware that something was amiss when printouts of patient records were discovered in Atlanta during an investigation by postal inspectors, according to a complaint filed by prosecutors Saturday.

Full story – AP

Comment: Curiously, those who recruited McPherson specifically wanted information on male patients born between 1950 and 1970.

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