No backsies: Man convicted of Flowers Hospital ID theft loses appeal
Lance Griffin reports the latest in the case of a Flowers Hospital employee who was convicted of stealing patient information for a tax refund fraud scheme. The breach, which was first disclosed last year, has resulted in a lawsuit against the hospital and its parent company, as well as an interesting prosecution in which the employee attempted, unsuccessfully, to withdraw a guilty plea. Previous coverage of the breach and prosecution are linked from here.
A federal appeals court this week upheld a lower court ruling that prohibited a man who pleaded guilty to stealing identities from Flowers Hospital from changing his guilty plea,
The opinion, published this week by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, concluded Kamarian Deshawn Millender was not misled or given incomplete information last year when he entered a plea agreement with the federal government to plead guilty to one count of aggravated identity theft.
Millender was sentenced to two years in prison (the mandatory term) for that offense. The plea agreement also indicated Millender agreed to pay restitution.
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