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Arizona man charged here with aggravated ID theft

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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 Arizona residents.”

This case was investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.



Posted 10/5/2018






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