Privacy Law

Man who paid hospital workers for patient info to sell medical and legal services gets 4 years

A man who admittedly paid husband-and-wife hospital employees over $10,000 to provide confidential patient information that was used to solicit individuals for additional medical and legal services was sentenced this week to four years in federal prison.

Sergei Kusyakov, 39, pleaded guilty in January to conspiracy to defraud the United States and making a payment to a non-licensed physician and could have gotten a maximum of 15 years in prison, the Orlando Sentinel reported at the time.

The husband he paid, Dale Munroe, got one year. Katrina Munroe, Dale’s wife, who also pleaded guilty, awaits sentencing, the Orlando Sentinel reported Wednesday. Both worked at the Celebration campus of Florida Hospital.

Authorities said Dale Munroe, who worked as a registration representative in the hospital’s emergency department, and Katrina Munroe, who was an insurance representative, accessed some 763,000 patient records and reviewed 12,000 in detail.

The scheme came to light when some of the individuals solicited for additional medical and legal services questioned how those making the pitches had gotten hold of confidential information.

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