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Man indicted again on fraud and identity theft charges

Chris Smith reports: A federal grand jury in Louisville, Ky., has charged a Clarksville man with crimes similar to those outlined in another indictment that came down last year. In November, a federal grand jury indicted Deldrick Toles, 28, then of Fort Campbell, on charges of bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. He was...

Think globally, act locally — kudos to WTHR

This seems to be my morning for giving thumbs up. This one is to WTHR, whose investigative series on pharmacies dumping unshredded prescription documents and customer data led the government to take action. Their reports had been covered on PogoWasRight.org starting in July 2006 and demonstrate what good local news coverage can accomplish. One...

Electronic Medical Records: Will Your Privacy Be Safe?

Bernadine Healy, M.D. had a commentary in USA Today a few days ago that reiterates some of the concerns privacy advocates have raised. It’s interesting to see how many people from different fields have all cited the Alex Rodriguez case as an example of where someone’s privacy was violated with significant consequences: Look at...

MD: Identity Transplant

Chris Landers reports: Bill Wall is a large man with close-cropped hair and the bearing of a military man, which he is–a major in the Army’s 729th Brigade Support Battalion. His wife Deborah is tiny, blond, and full of an energy that belies the fact that for more than 10 years she has been...

NM: Laptop with personal data taken from food pantry

An Albuquerque food pantry is warning its clients that tens of thousands of them are at risk for identity theft after a laptop computer containing their personal information was stolen last week. The Rio Grande Food Project says the computer contained sensitive personal data — including addresses, birth dates and Social Security numbers —...