15 Year Sentence in Medical ID Theft Case

Texas Woman Stole IDs From 1,200 Patients
15 Year Sentence in Medical ID Theft Case
A Texas woman has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison and ordered to pay $165,000 in restitution in a medical identity theft case.

Katina Candrick of LaGrange, Texas, will serve consecutive terms of 10 years on a charge of conspiracy to commit identity theft and five years on unlawful possession of fraudulent identification documents. She was sentenced Oct. 13 after pleading guilty April 29.

From July 6 through Nov. 13, 2009, Candrick was employed as a patient account representative for the Richardson, Texas office of MedAssets, which handles billing for healthcare organizations. In that role, she illegally obtained personal information on more than 1,200 individuals from billing accounts she handled, which she used to fraudulently make purchases, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Texas.

Many of the individuals were patients at University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, the office confirmed.

In another recent case of medical identity theft, federal authorities charged 44 alleged members and associates of an Armenian-American organized crime enterprise in connection with two massive health insurance fraud schemes.

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Howard Anderson

Howard Anderson

Former News Editor, ISMG

Anderson was news editor of Information Security Media Group and founding editor of HealthcareInfoSecurity and DataBreachToday. He has more than 40 years of journalism experience, with a focus on healthcare information technology issues. Before launching HealthcareInfoSecurity, he served as founding editor of Health Data Management magazine, where he worked for 17 years, and he served in leadership roles at several other healthcare magazines and newspapers.

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