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Ex-hospital worker admits stealing info

June 16, 2009 5:14:12 AM PDT
A former hospital employee has been sentenced to four years and eight months in prison for stealing patient information and using it to fraudulently bill insurance companies.James Allen Wilson, who worked in the billing department at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center from 2003 to 2007, pleaded guilty Monday to identity theft, insurance fraud, grand theft, and failure to pay income taxes.

Wilson stole personal information on more than 1,000 Los Angeles Unified School District employees, and billed insurance companies for $1.3 million in treatments that were never performed.

In addition to the prison time, Wilson was ordered to pay $354,000 in restitution to the victims and $62,000 in back taxes and penalties to the state of California.

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