The United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York has charged a former employee of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center with accessing almost 50,000 patient records with the intent to sell identifying information.
The arrest of Dwight McPherson, a former patient admissions representative, was part of an investigation involving the U.S. Postal Inspector, Secret Service and Federal Bureau of Investigation.
“Starting in early 2006, McPherson agreed to provide the personal identification information of patients of NewYork-Presbyterian to at least two co-conspirators in return for money,” according to an announcement from the U.S. Attorney’s office. “McPherson knew that these individuals were going to use this information to commit crimes. In connection with the scheme, McPherson accessed approximately 49,841 patient records during a two-year period of time. In December 2007 and early 2008 alone, McPherson sold over 2,000 patient identification records to his co-conspirators in New York. In February 2008, approximately 221 of these records were seized by federal agents in Atlanta, Georgia.”