Theft of patients' records nets the max in prison

Jay Weaver follows up on his earlier report:

If Ruben E. Rodriguez — sitting in a wheelchair — was looking for sympathy at his sentencing Monday for pilfering more than 3,000 Jackson Memorial Hospital patient records, he came to the wrong place.

U.S. District Judge Joan Lenard sentenced Rodriguez to 11 years in prison for a scam that involved selling stolen patient records to lawyers for injury claims and generating hundreds of thousands of dollars in kickbacks for himself.

Lenard’s sentence was more than double the guidelines in a probation office’s report.


According to the probation office report, Rodriguez stole 3,360 patients’ names, addresses, telephone numbers and medical diagnoses between 2008 and 2009.

Jackson didn’t have the numbers for 2007.

In related charges, he stole thousands of additional patient records from a national ambulance company dating back to 1995, Curtis said.

Read more in the Miami Herald.

But again I ask:  why have none of the lawyers who were part of the scheme been charged with anything?

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