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Medical records stolen, janitor accused

November 09, 2011
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MILWAUKEE — Medical records are supposed to be highly private and secure data, but new court documents are showing just how untrue that can be, according to WISN-TV.

Four years ago, a few months after Gino Sellers'' father passed away after a surgery, Sellers discovered his father''s identity had been stolen by a Milwaukee gang, the article stated.

According to the article, 2007 saw a rise in identity theft cases within the North Shore Police Department.

An investigation led to the discovery of a common link between victims: They had all been patients at Columbia-St. Mary''s Ozaukee Hospital, the article noted.

Further investigation showed that a janitor who had access to unshredded medical records was feeding patient information to gang members, the article added.

While the scheme only lasted roughly four months, four years later, many patients don''t know whether or not they could have had their personal information stolen, the article concluded.

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