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15-Month Jail Term for Woman Who Stole Over $200,000 Using Patient Data

A woman has been sentenced to serve 15 months in federal prison for her role in a scheme to defraud patients of a Metairie, LA, medical clinic.

In 2015, three individuals were arrested in connection with the scheme following an investigation by the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office in New Orleans and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

Brandon Livas, 37, and Royale Lassai, 32, of New Orleans, LA, both pled guilty to a one-count bill of information with Bank Larceny in July 2019 for their role in the scheme, and in August 2021, Ashley Green, 41, pled guilty to a one-count Bank Larceny Bill of Information.

Green’s cousin, Lassai, was employed as a clerk at an unnamed Metairie, LA, medical clinic where she was provided with access to patient records to complete her work duties. Lassai accessed the medical records of patients without authorization and provided patient information such as names, dates of birth, addresses, and Social Security numbers to her cousin and her cousin’s then-boyfriend Livas. Lassai was reportedly paid with a $1,000 gift card and was provided with around $150 worth of items for stealing the patient data.

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Green and Livas used the information to contact the victims’ banks and request debit cards in the victims’ names. The debit cards were sent to Green’s address and were used by Green and Livas to withdraw around $200,000 from victims’ accounts at Capital One and Whitney. The pair also bought merchandise and used the stolen funds to go on vacation. Livas was previously sentenced to serve 15 years in jail for his role in the scheme and Lassai was sentenced to 3 months probation.

In addition to the 15-month jail term, Green is required to serve 3 years of supervised release and has been ordered to pay $205,863 in restitution to the victims.

Author: Steve Alder is the editor-in-chief of HIPAA Journal. Steve is responsible for editorial policy regarding the topics covered on HIPAA Journal. He is a specialist on healthcare industry legal and regulatory affairs, and has several years of experience writing about HIPAA and other related legal topics. Steve has developed a deep understanding of regulatory issues surrounding the use of information technology in the healthcare industry and has written hundreds of articles on HIPAA-related topics.