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Jul 252014

AP reports the conviction of a doctor in a case previously noted on this blog:

A North Texas physician who ran a now-closed hospital near Dallas has been convicted of conspiracy, identity theft and health care fraud.

A federal jury in Tyler found Dr. Tariq Mahmood guilty Thursday of more than $1 million in fraudulent Medicare and Medicaid claims.

The Cedar Hill physician faces up to 10 years imprisonment for the conspiracy conviction, 10 years for each fraud count and two years for each identity theft count. No sentencing date has been set.

Read more on Daily Reporter, although it’s not clear from publicly available info which patients (from which facilities) had their Medicare or Medicaid numbers misused as part of the fraud and whether they were ever notified of same.

May 092014

So I had no sooner finished posting the Baylor phishing incident in Texas, where I questioned whether that phishing incident might be related to a successful phishing attempt involving physicians in the Franciscan Medical Group, when I discovered a third phishing incident that also occurred on January 23. This one involved the HealthTexas Provider Network and affected 2,742 patients.

HealthTexas Provider Network is part of Baylor Health, and they posted an identical notice to the one posted for Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano.

It seems clear that the Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano and HealthTexas Provider Network reports are linked, as they are both part of Baylor Health, but it’s not clear whether the Franciscan Health breach is linked or not.

Mar 022014

Ann Smajstrla of The Herald Democrat reports that Dr. J. M. Benson, whose practice is in Sherman Texas, has been notifying patients of a breach that occurred at the beginning of the year.

Office staff noticed on Jan. 5 that the office had been broken into, and that computers and one or more hard drives were stolen, the office said in a written statement. As a result, personal information of patients including names, addresses, phone numbers, Social Security numbers and health insurance provider policy numbers could have been compromised. Benson immediately reported the incident to police, and the investigation is ongoing.

Read more on The Herald Democrat. I cannot find any web site for the doctor or additional information at this time. And since there’s nothing in the media report to suggest the data were encrypted,  I am wondering why the doctor seemingly had “computers and one or more hard drives” without encryption. 


Jan 162014

Miles Moffeit reports:

A federal grand jury has handed down additional charges against Dr. Tariq Mahmood, whose rural hospital chain collapsed last year amid reports of reckless care and alleged fraud.

The Dallas businessman now faces seven counts of aggravated identity theft, according to papers filed in U.S.district court in Tyler.

Those come on top of eight counts of healthcare billing fraud brought last year. Mahmood has pleaded not guilty to both sets of charges.

The new indictment doesn’t provide details of the alleged theft. It only says “Mahmood, aided and abetted by others both known and unknown to the grand jury” unlawfully used the names of Medicare beneficiaries in a conspiracy to commit health care fraud.

Read more on Dallas News.