TX: Dumpster diver finds old medical records

Jessica Willey reports:

It is information no one would want scattered on papers in a parking lot, much less thrown away in a dumpster for anyone to find. Medical records were found behind a 99 Cents store in southwest Houston putting people’s identities at risk.

“This has got Social Security numbers, Medicare numbers. That’s pretty serious,” said the man who found the documents.

Dozens of documents with sensitive personal information were dumped. A self-proclaimed dumpster diver who wants to remain anonymous found them.


The files are from Express EMS Services, an ambulance company. There are names, date of births, addresses and social security numbers.

“If someone has your social security number, they really can steal your identity,” said Richard Alderman, the People’s Lawyer.

Eyewitness News followed the paper trail from the company’s last public information report in 2006. Express EMS Services is long gone from its listed location on Regency Square and other addresses linked to its director were not in service. The phone number had been disconnected.

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