'Hoarder' pleads guilty to taking records from N.C. hospital

No evidence that personal information was misused


WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. --

A former employee at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center whose attorney described as a clinical hoarder pleaded guilty Friday morning to one count of felony larceny.

Linda Turner, 55, was accused of taking dozens of boxes of medical records over several years while she worked at the hospital. The thefts affected 350 people, the hospital said, but there was no evidence Turner misused any of the personal information.

As part of the plea, Turner will be on supervised probation for a year, must reimburse the hospital $2,520, must perform 50 hours of community service and notify the hospital of any other documents she may have taken, her attorney, David Freedman, told WXII. If she complies, she can ask that the charges be dismissed next year.

The boxes were discovered by a man who was renting a house from Turner.

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