Patient IDs stolen, Memorial Healthcare System fires two workers

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) -- Memorial Healthcare System has fired two employees after officials say they stole identities of hospital patients in an attempt to use the information to file phony tax returns.

Hospital spokeswoman Kerting Baldwin told the South Florida Sun Sentinel ( http://sunsent.nl/HQocIQ ) the former employees are under criminal investigation. She says Memorial sent letters Thursday to about 9,500 patients whose identities could have been exposed.

It was not immediately clear whether any of the IDs were used to file fake tax returns

Baldwin says the hospital detected the breach on Jan. 27. She says former patients whose IDs may be affected should receive letters by April 25. The hospital is providing a free year of credit monitoring to these patients.

Memorial Healthcare System operates five hospitals in Broward County.

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Information from: South Florida Sun Sentinel, http://www.sun sentinel.com

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