Oregon orthopedic practice employee allegedly steals patients' identity to shop online: 5 things to know

Practice Management

Bend, Ore.-based Desert Orthopedics notified patients that a former employee allegedly stole at least two patients' information and stole their identities to make online purchases, according to a KBND report.

Here are five key notes:


1. The practice warned patients last week to look out for issues with their bank account after an employee was arrested on multiple counts of identity theft.


2. The employee is accused of stealing at least two patients' credit card and personal information to shop online.


3. When the breach was discovered, the employee was terminated from the practice and has been arrested. The employee worked for Desert Orthopedics from July 1, 2016 to Jan. 31, 2017.


4. In their letter to patients, the practice said it has "taken immediate steps to reinforce and enhance all financial fraud protocols" going forward.


5. The practice includes orthopedic care, X-ray, MRI, ultrasound technology and EMG. The surgeons perform cases at Bend Surgery Center and St. Charles hospital.


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