This does bring about a good question, what does happen to those records that are created by the fraudulent person. In this case the other person was also a drug addict and when applying for jobs as a systems analyst the innocent party kept getting turned down for jobs. Medical identify theft has an average cost of 21k per incident.
Now does she have to have those fraudulent records attached for the rest of her life? I’m guessing if not, she will have to tell her long tale under each circumstance and I would want them gone as what if they were used, different blood types with other medical information getting mixed up would be my concern as we all know how data can and does get mixed up today. They should at least be able to archive the records at the hospital along with a full accounting of the fraud from the other patient. They fear a malpractice suit is the reasoning given to her. As strange as things are today, probably the other woman who received the care if she’s not serving time will show up and want her copies of her medical records:) At any rate I feel sorry for this woman and when you watch the video it you can what I mean with having to tell people she’s not an alcoholic or a drug addict. BD
LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Identity theft is the fastest-growing crime in America, costing consumers billions of dollars a year. But even worse is medical identity theft because it can possibly cost victims their lives.
Westminster resident Vicki Blair has two college degrees, a professional certification and was a systems analyst for a major aerospace firm for 10 years. But then suddenly, she had trouble finding a job.
"I had interviews, I had no offers. I couldn't figure it out," she said.