SoCal Hospital Employee Accused of ID Theft

December 30, 2008

Officials at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles say more than 1,000 patients have had personal information taken by a former employee, who is alleged to have used the identities to steal from insurance companies.

In a letter written to affected patients last week, the hospital’s chief financial officer warned that their information had been found during a search of the home of 44-year-old James Allen Wilson, who had been an employee of the billing department.

District attorney’s office spokeswoman Jane Robinson tells the Los Angeles Times Wilson is believed to have netted at least $69,000 in the scheme but the probe is continuing.

Wilson was arrested Nov. 6 and has pleaded not guilty to identity theft, insurance fraud, grand theft and other charges. He is in jail on $895,000 bail.

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