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416 LSU patients notified of possible ID theft

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 26, 2012 at 2:48 pm •  Published: December 26, 2012

Former billing department employee Pamela Reams was booked in November with 377 counts of identity theft and is free on $60,000 bond. State police said Washington Parish sheriff's detectives first identified her and three other women on surveillance video that allegedly showed them buying items with counterfeit checks at several Washington Parish stores.

A total of seven people were booked with identity theft. Some were released without bond; bonds for others range from $5,000 to $26,000.

Information taken from the checks may have included checking account, driver's license, and Social Security numbers, date of birth, and other information, McGraw said.

LSU said the hospital system has re-evaluated policies and procedures about employee access of patient confidential information.

It also is investigating to find a starting date and checking computer access reports to see if any other patients' information may have been inappropriately accessed, McGraw said. "It's a slow process, but if that's found to be the case, those patients will be notified," McGraw said in his email.