Hospital IT employee goes to prison for identity theft

by Olga Deshchenko, DOTmed News Reporter | November 01, 2010
A former hospital IT employee was sentenced to a year and a day in prison for illegally obtaining and misusing medical personnel's private information, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of California.

Cam Giang, 31, formerly employed by the University of California San Francisco Medical Center, acquired personal information such as birth dates and social security numbers of more than 300 hospital staff to complete online surveys that reward participants with a $100 online voucher upon successful completion.

Giang used the information to create accounts on StayWell, a St. Paul Minn.- based company that provides health management solutions. Upon creating the accounts based on the stolen information, Giang filled out online health surveys to collect the vouchers. Once StayWell discovered his fraudulent scheme, the company reported Giang to the facility and the FBI.

Giang pled guilty to one count of wire fraud and one count of use of a social security number in violation of the laws of United States on July 22.

The Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property Unit of the U.S. Attorney's Office carried out the investigation.

A restitution hearing for this case is scheduled for January 20.