Montefiore Health System in New York City on June 19 started notifying more than 12,500 patients that their protected health information may have been compromised. Some patients have experienced identity theft.

An employee was recently found to have stolen the information during the first six months of 2013. The employee has been fired, arrested and now is being prosecuted, according to the delivery system. Law enforcement officials notified Montefiore of the theft on May 15, 2015. “To date, we have identified that the information stolen from Montefiore was used to purchase gift cards and open store credit cards in the amount of $50,000,” a spokesperson tells Health Data Management.

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