Hank Dudding reports:
Federal and local authorities are investigating an identity-theft case that appears to have originated at Saint Francis Hospital and may involve hundreds of victims.
U.S. postal inspector Katrina Chalmers confirmed Monday that the postal service is investigating the case, but she wouldn’t release any further details.
Broadway was reluctant to discuss specifics, citing the ongoing investigation, but said more than one suspect may face charges when the investigation is complete.
And, he said, “We think this is going to end up with several hundred victims.”
Heun got a letter from Saint Francis last month informing him that the postal service was investigating the possibility of identity theft involving patients.
Saint Francis senior vice president Marilynn Robinson acknowledged Monday that the hospital sent about 20 letters, but she had no knowledge of a wide-scale problem.
Although Heun said he’d kept a distance from the case to avoid influencing the investigation, he’d heard the suspect pulled information on patients after being allowed access to a computer by a family member who works for Saint Francis.
Source – commercialappeal.com