The New York Times, By WALECIA KONRAD,Published: June 12, 2009
Brandon Sharp, a 37-year-old manager at an oil and gas company in Houston, has never had any real health problems and, luckily, he has never stepped foot in an emergency room. So imagine his surprise a few years ago when he learned he owed thousands of dollars worth of emergency-service medical bills. Brandon Sharp, of Spring, Tex., learned he was a victim of medical I.D. theft only when he applied for a mortgage and discovered debts on his credit report for emergency room visits at places in the country he had never been.
Mr. Sharp, as it turned out, was a victim of a fast-growing crime known as medical identity theft.