Friday, October 22, 2010

Texas insider sentenced to 15 years for medical ID theft.

A Texas woman has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for orchestrating a scheme to steal the personal information of patients while she was employed by a medical billing contractor.

Katina Candrick, 34, of LaGrange, Texas, was sentenced Oct. 13 in federal court to 10 years for conspiracy to commit identity theft and five years in prison for unlawful possession of fraudulent identification documents, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Texas. Her sentences will run consecutively.

In addition to her prison term, Candrick was ordered to pay more than $163,000 in restitution.

From July 6 to Nov. 13, 2009, Candrick was employed as a patient account representative at MedAssets, a Richardson, Texas-based health care billing company, prosecutors said.

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