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Rip-off Alert: Medical information not always safe

Reported by: Marie Mortera
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Updated: 7/15/2014 6:20 pm

LAS VEGAS (KSNV -- When you fill out medical forms in your doctor’s office, you probably assume your information is kept secure and private.

However, in this Rip-Off Alert, we learn that this is not always the case.

Pamela Hoernschemeyer was a supervisor at a health care company that handled billing, collections and other matters.

She had access to patients’ personal information: Social Security numbers, date of birth and billing address and she took advantage of that access.

“She was creating false refund requests,” said U.S. Postal Inspector Jamie Portell.

Over four years, Hoernschemeyer submitted fraudulent claim forms and received refund checks totaling more than $100,000.

“She was using her name, her husband’s name, her daughter’s name,” Portell said. “And in order to not be detected, she started using varying forms of her name, husband’s name, to get these refund checks requested.”

She combined the fake names with the personal information of real patients.

Inspectors began looking into the case after some inconsistencies with the checks were discovered. Their investigation quickly pointed to Hoernschemeyer.

Hoernschemeyer pleaded guilty to three counts of bank fraud and was sentenced to 37 months in prison.


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