U.S. District Judge Ricardo Martinez in Seattle sentenced a man who stole the identities of patients at Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, to serve more than six years in prison and to pay $120,000 in restitution, the U.S. attorney in Seattle announced last week. Martinez also sentenced James Leroy Henderson, 62, to five years of supervised release after he leaves prison.
Henderson, who pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft and bank fraud, admitted to obtaining the patient information from others who stole it from Virginia Mason medical records. He confessed to creating false identification documents for the victims and then used those to drain their bank accounts over a one-year period in 2005 and 2006. Henderson has prior convictions for bank robbery, armed robbery and burglary. At his sentencing he sought mercy from Martinez, claiming a 38-year heroin addiction. Martinez also recommended drug treatment.
We were pleased federal and local law enforcement agencies were successful in the prosecution of this case, said Patti Crome, a senior vice president and clinic administrator at 267-bed Virginia Mason. Virginia Mason cooperated with federal authorities in the investigation and contacted all known patients whose identities may have been illegally accessed, Crome added. -- by Mark Taylor