[ISN] Former UCLA employee indicted for snooping celebrity medical records

From: InfoSec News (alerts@private)
Date: Mon May 05 2008 - 00:49:14 PDT


By Humphrey Cheung    
TG Daily
April 30, 2008

Los Angeles (CA) – A former UCLA Medical Center employee has been 
indicted for allegedly illegally accessing the computerized medical 
records of celebrities.  The indictment was handed down by the United 
States District Court and claims 49-year-old Lawanda Jackson, a former 
administrative assistant, accessed records and sold the information to 
news outlets.

The government claims Jackson received approximately $4600 from a 
national news outlet for selling information on up to 60 unidentified 
celebrities.  The indictment does not name the outlet or celebrities, 
but the Los Angeles Times has learned that Jackson viewed the records of 
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, his wife Maria Shriver and 
Farrah Fawcett.  You would think that such information would fetch a 
higher price.

The Times also claims she sold the information to the National Enquirer 
and that the tabloid hid the transactions by writing checks to Jackson's 
husband.  Jackson left the UCLA Medical Center in May 2007.

The UCLA Medical Center is obviously the hospital of choice for many 
famous people because of its location in Los Angeles.  The hospital 
recently fired more than a dozen employees for illegally accessing 
patient information including the records of pop singer Britany Spears.

Jackson will be arraigned on June 9 2008 and faces up to 10 years in 
Federal prison.

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