One of two people charged with stealing the personal
and medical information of more than 1,100 patients at
a Florida hospital has pleaded guilty.
Isis Machado, 23, of Miami Lakes, Fla., entered a guilty plea Thursday before U.S. District Court Judge James Cohn in
Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on one count of conspiracy to commit
computer fraud, identify theft and wrongful disclosure
of individual health information.
Fernando Ferrer Jr., 29, of Naples, Fla., is scheduled to
stand trial Jan. 22.
Machado, who was a front desk coordinator at Cleveland
Clinic in Weston, Fla., from May 2005 to June 2006, downloaded
the files and then sold them to Ferrer, who then made
the false Medicare claims as owner of Advanced Medical
Claims, according to the indictment.
Ferrer used the information to bill medical providers
in Miami for services that were not rendered, resulting
in $7 million fraudulently billed to Medicare, federal
Machado faces a maximum penalty of five years in
prison, a $250,000 fine and could be ordered to pay
restitution, according to federal authorities. Her
sentencing is scheduled for April 27.