Woman Faces Criminal Charges for HIPAA Privacy Violations

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  • June 14 2011, 10:42am EDT

An Alabama woman has been charged with violations of the HIPAA privacy rule for stealing paper surgery schedules of about 4,500 patients from Trinity Medical Center in Birmingham and intending to use the names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers to commit identity theft.

Chelsea Catherine Stewart of Alabaster was charged in U.S. District Court under section 1320d-6 of the privacy rule, "Wrongful disclosure of individually identifiable health information." If convicted of taking the information with the intent to sell, transfer or use for commercial advantage, personal gain or malicious harm, she faces up 10 years in prison and a fine up to $250,000.

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