A Florida man stole info in a scheme that accessed the records of 12,000 hospital patients

08 January 2013

Sergei Kusyakov, 38, pleaded guilty Monday to a count of conspiracy and four counts of wrongful disclosure of personal health information.  He faces 45 years in federal prison when he is sentenced March 25.

The married couple previously admitted their guilt. Katrina Munroe, 30, of Winter Haven, pleaded guilty Dec. 27 to a count of conspiracy and faces five years in prison when she is sentenced March 11. Dale Munroe II, 35, pleaded guilty to a count of conspiracy and wrongful disclosure of personal health information on Oct. 22. He faces a 15-year term when he is sentenced Monday.

The case started in July 2006, when Dale Munroe II was hired at Florida Hospital Celebration Health, where he would register patients in the main emergency room, a news release said from the U.S. Attorney said.

From January 2009 until he was fired for a breach of patient data in July 2011, he took information from patients involved in motor vehicle accidents and gave it to Kusyakov, who was involved in two chiropractic clinics, Metro Chiropractic and Wellness Center and City Lights Medical Center. Munroe’s firing was for an incident unrelated to the criminal charges.

Kusyakov and other conspirators would use the information to solicit patients for chiropractic and legal services, and he would pay Munroe for the stolen information, the news release said.

About a week after Dale Munroe II was fired, Kusyakov recruited Katrina Munroe, who was an insurance representative at the hospital, to take over her husband’s role of stealing patient data, the news release said.

In August 2012, the data breach was discovered and Florida Hospital fired Katrina Munroe, according to the attorney’s office.

Florida Hospital has identified more than 12,000 patients whose health information was illegally accessed as a part of the conspiracy.

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