An Arizona man has
been charged with conspiracy to commit identity theft, aggravated identity
theft, and criminal violations of the Health Insurance Portability and
Accountability Act (HIPAA), the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern
District of Indiana said.
Rico Prunty, 36, of
Sierra Vista, Ariz., was charged this week.
“According to court
documents, between in or about July 2014 and continuing through in or about
May 2017, Rico Prunty, an employee at an Arizona medical facility, accessed
his employer’s patient medical intake forms which contained patients’
individually identifiable health information (i.e., patient names, dates of
birth, social security numbers, and medical information) and provided that
information to his co-conspirators in Northwest Indiana,” the U.S.
Attorney’s Office said. “His co-conspirators then utilized that personal
information to open numerous credit card accounts or access existing credit
card accounts without the knowledge, permission, or authority of these
This case was
investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.