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Information of 14,000 UF & Shands patients compromised

2:54 PM, Apr 3, 2013   |    comments
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- More than 14,000 patients of UF & Shands Family Medicine at Main clinic may have had their information compromised after investigators found that a former employee was involved in an identity theft ring.

Arthur Corey Thomas Jr., 25, was arrested by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office on Tuesday after he was allegedly selling identities of UF & Shands patients in Jacksonville.

Corey is charged with fraudulent use of personal identification information, according to a JSO report.

UF & Shands tried to notify all 14,339 patients affected by the breach, but was unable to find address information for 450 patients, according to a release from UF.

According to an investigation by the U.S. Secret Service, the Internal Revenue Service and the State Attorney's Office, Thomas accessed patient information such as names, Social Security numbers and medical record numbers.

The university found out about the alleged incident in October. According to the release, UF was not permitted to alert patients of the breach until the investigation was complete.

Shands Jacksonville also announced Wednesday that 1,025 patients may have had their personal information compromised by an individual working on an externship who had ties to an identity theft ring that targeted hospitals and clinics across the state.

The State Attorney's Office said the investigation into the identity theft ring is ongoing and other arrests are pending.

First For You:

-UF & Shands is offering free fraud protection monitoring for one year for patients who suspect or confirm their identity has been stolen in relation to this incident.

-However, it is still recommended that patients alert the three major credit bureaus and alert them that information was accessed improperly.

-Individuals who were patients between March 2009 and October 2012 can contact UF & Shands' toll-free support line at (877) 552-1299. The line will be open Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until May 4. Patients can also get more information by visiting this website.

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