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Nurses Leverage Privileged Access to Commit Identity Theft

From Texas to North Carolina, several cases have demonstrated the challenge of protecting patient and employee information.

In several recent cases nationwide, nurses have used their access to patient and employee information to commit identity theft.

KPRC reports that Toni McGragh Terry, 44, a Houston, Texas-area nurse, was recently arrested and charged with stealing personal information and using it to open credit cards in the victims' names (h/t DataBreaches.net).

"She is hired on as a contract worker with hospitals, she's a home health nurse and she has access to not only employee information but patient information as well," Lakeview Police Department officer Tangie Beaton told KPRC.

According to Beaton, one of Terry's colleagues told the police somebody had opened a credit card in her name without her knowledge -- the police traced the scam back to Terry, who was found with a dozen pieces of other people's identification in her possession.

The Gaston Gazette reports...(continued)

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