FBI investigating hospital breach in Florida


Osceola County deputies on Wednesday identified three people accused of stealing private information from patients at Florida Hospital in Celebration, which is now being investigated by the FBI.

Former hospital employees April Baker and Katrina Munroe, and her husband, Dale Munroe, were fired after 2,252 patients, mostly victims of car accidents, had their information siphoned to an attorney referral service, deputies said.

The breach started in January 2010, however, the hospital did not notify the public until September when it took out a small ad in the Orlando Sentinel.

Now, the FBI is investigating.

“The Orlando FBI office recently received information alleging that patient records may have been compromised and we are coordinating with Florida Hospital representatives to investigate the matter,” an FBI spokesman said in a statement.

Investigators said Wednesday that they could not find anything criminal, because privacy laws prevent the hospital from releasing patients' personal information. So far, the hospital has not found any cases of fraud. It has also restricted office workers from getting access to patient records.

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