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Woman arrested in patient data/identity theft case

U.S. Postal Inspectors arrested a woman accused of stealing data on 4,500 patients from an Alabama hospital.

The woman, Chelsea Catherine Stewart of Alabaster, Alabama, has been charged with violating HIPAA and wrongfully obtaining individually identifiable health information. Officials claim she stole the data from Trinity Medical Center, Birmingham while a fried of hers was a patient there.

It’s believed the data was intended to be used in identity theft.

The stolen records contained names, birth dates and Social Security numbers of patients who had been seen at Trinity over the past several years. Alabaster Police recovered hundreds of pages containing the information while executing a search warrant at an Alabaster home where Stewart was staying, the complaint says.

Trinity Medical Center is notifying all patients whose information was taken. It set up a toll-free number for affected patients to call for free credit monitoring at 1-866-367-5548.

Click here for more information about HIPAA.

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