Corporate Compliance

Repercussions potentially far-reaching in South Carolina identity theft scheme

Compliance Monitor, May 9, 2012

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is cracking down on state agency security systems after an HHS employee stole more than 228,000 Medicaid patients' personal information, according to the Associated Press.

Christopher Lykes Jr., a former project manager at HHS in South Carolina, was arrested April 19 and charged with violating the confidentiality of medical indigents and disclosing confidential information.

Lykes allegedly compiled information and personal data from more than 228,000 Medicaid patients into a spreadsheet and sent it to his personal email account. The state’s Medicaid agency sent notification letters to affected patients, who have been cautioned not to believe anyone callers who claim to represent the agency.


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