Worker Charged in Hospital File Thefts

An employee of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center was charged on Saturday in federal court in Manhattan with stealing nearly 50,000 patient files and selling some of them, according to a criminal complaint.

The worker, Dwight McPherson of the Bronx, was accused of stealing records as early as March 2006.

As a patient admissions representative at the hospital, Mr. McPherson, 38, had access to a patient information database. The stolen documents included patients’ names, phone numbers and Social Security numbers, but a hospital spokeswoman, Myrna Manners, said they probably did not contain medical information.

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