PA: Former Crozer-Chester Medical Center pleads guilty to stealing patient info for tax refund fraud scheme

There’s an update to a breach previously noted on this blog in March, 2013.  John George recently reported:

A 50-year-old Brookhaven, Pa., man pleaded guilty today to stealing hospital patients’ identities as part of a tax fraud scheme.

Reynaldo Estrada pleaded guilty today to one count each of conspiracy to commit identity theft, aggravated identity theft, and aiding and abetting the use of a false Social Security number.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said between October 2010 and October 2011, Estrada, while he was working for Crozer-Chester Medical Center’s environmental services department and at Community Hospital in Chester, Pa., stole “scores” of treatment authorization forms containing the names, addresses, dates of birth, and Social Security numbers of patients.

Estrada admitted today that he gave the forms to co-conspirators who paid him for the stolen identities, knowing that the forms would be used as a part of a tax fraud scheme.

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