Corporate Compliance

AL woman arrested for stealing patient records

Compliance Monitor, June 15, 2011

U.S. Postal Inspectors arrested an Alabaster, AL woman on charges that she stole identifying information on about 4,500 patients from a Birmingham hospital, according to a Department of Justice (DOJ) press release.

Chelsea Catherine Stewart, 26, allegedly stole the patient information from Trinity Medical Center between March 22 and April 8, while an associate of hers was a patient at the hospital. Stewart allegedly violated the HIPAA Privacy and Security Act by wrongfully obtaining individually identifiable health information.

According to the DOJ, the stolen records spanned several years and include patient names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers. Alabaster police executed a search warrant at the residence in which Stewart was staying and recovered hundreds of pages containing the patient information.

A preliminary hearing for the case is scheduled for June 10.

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