Lawsuit filed in Flowers Hospital identity theft

Posted: Monday, May 5, 2014 5:02 pm

Lawsuit filed in Flowers Hospital identity theft

Education Reporter

A Henry County man has been linked to the theft of patient information from Flowers Hospital.

Kamarian Millender, 29, of Headland, was arrested on Feb. 26 and charged with trafficking in stolen identities. Henry County Sheriff’s and Abbeville Police Investigative Unit Investigator Aaron Kincaid said Millender had multiple medical records that did not belong to him. A class action lawsuit filed in federal court Monday names Millender as a former employee of Flowers Hospital who allegedly stole patient medical files.

Kincaid declined to comment further on the case, saying it was the subject of a federal investigation by the IRS and the U.S. Postal Service.

Millender has a previous misdemeanor criminal record in Tennessee.

Flowers Hospital sent letters on April 15 to possible victims of the information theft, warning them of the situation. According to the letter, back in February, the hospital discovered an employee in a lab took lab forms containing patients’ personal identification. The letter said the employee may have used the information to file bogus tax returns.

According to the letter, the employee, identified in the lawsuit as Millender, has been fired. The files stolen from the hospital were taken between June 2013 and February 2014. Information stolen may have included names, addresses, dates of birth, Social Security numbers and health plan policy numbers, as well as information about the lab tests, but not test results.

According to the lawsuit, filed by Dothan attorney Adam Jones in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, Millender and possibly a thus far unknown accomplice took the records from an unsecure location in the hospital.

Jones said Monday that the breach possibly impacted a large number of patients at the hospital and that efforts by the hospital to mitigate the breach – an offer of one year of credit monitoring – was insufficient to offset the potential harm caused by the data theft.

The suit says Flowers willfully and negligently violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act by failing to take proper steps to safeguard patient information. The suit says patients’ could be at risk for identity theft and fraud for years as a result of this failure.

The suit also alleges Flowers invaded the plaintiffs’ privacy by failing to secure patient information.

The suit seeks damages, exemplary damages, injunctive relief from Flowers in the form of full disclosure of the extent of the breach and action to prevent it from happening again and attorney’s fees and costs.


Monday, May 5, 2014 5:02 pm.

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