HIPAA Violations Can Lead to Prison Time

A Florida nursing assistant in an assisted living center has been sentenced to three years in prison for stealing and selling patient information.  The assistant worked at a 20 bed facility in Clearwater, Florida; this past summer, she pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud the government and disclosing HIPAA information.  According to reports, she and another man worked together on the scheme until they were caught by undercover police officers who purchased the information.  Interestingly enough, the woman made very little money through the plan and will now spend 37 months in prison.

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