The first person convicted on criminal charges under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 was sentenced to 16 months in prison and ordered to pay $9,000 in restitution. Richard Gibson, 42, of SeaTac, Wash., pleaded guilty in August to stealing personal identifying information for a cancer patient at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and using the information to falsely obtain credit cards. Gibson worked at the alliance as a phlebotomist and laboratory technician from November 2001 until he was fired in February 2003, a spokesman said. The alliance is a joint clinical operation of Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Institute and University of Washington Medical Center. Gibson charged more than $9,000 on four credit cards in the patient's name. -- by Mark Taylor
HIPAA privacy crime draws 16-month sentence
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