Corporate Compliance

Atlanta man gets jail time for stealing PHI

Compliance Monitor, January 25, 2012

A federal judge sentenced an Atlanta man to 13 months in prison January 10 for intentionally accessing a competing medical practice’s computer without authorization in order to send marketing materials to patients, according to a U.S. Attorney’s office release.

Eric McNeal, a 38-year-old IT specialist, accessed the computer owned by A.P.A, a perinatal medical practice in Atlanta and his old employer, according to United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia Sally Quillian Yates. After leaving A.P.A. in November 2009, McNeal joined a competing practice located in the same building.

McNeal downloaded the names, telephone numbers, and addresses of A.P.A.’s patients, and then deleted all the patient information from A.P.A.’s system in April 2010. McNeal then targeted those patients with a direct-mail marketing campaign for his new employer, according to federal officials.

Read more on the Department of Justice website.

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