UF: Shands patients could be victims of ID theft

Identity Theft
Posted at 7:57 AM, Apr 04, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-04 04:13:50-04

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The University of Florida has notified almost 15,000 patients of a medical clinic that they may have fallen victim to identity theft.

Letters were sent Tuesday to 14,339 patients of UF & Shands Family Medicine at Main following the arrest of a man who once worked at the clinic.

The Gainesville Sun reports 25-year-old Arthur Thomas was arrested Tuesday following an investigation that began in October.

A Jacksonville Sheriff's Office reports says Thomas was stopped for speeding and officers found a duffel bag with about 1,600 personal identities on a computer-generated appointment information sheet. Officials allege that he acquired insurance information from patients and may have shared it with a third party.

The university says patients at the practice between March 2009 and October 2012 may be a victim.