Shands notifies more than 14,000 patients of possible ID theft
By The Associated Press
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -
The University of Florida has notified almost 15,000 patients of a medical clinic that they may have fallen victim to identity theft.
Letters were sent Tuesday to 14,339 patients of UF & Shands Family Medicine at Main after the arrest of a man who once worked at the clinic.
The Gainesville Sun reports Arthur Thomas, 25, was arrested Tuesday after an investigation that began in October.
A Jacksonville Sheriff's Office reports says Thomas was stopped for speeding and officers found a duffel bag with about 1,600 personal identities on a computer-generated appointment information sheet. Officials allege that he acquired insurance information from patients and may have shared it with a third party.
The university says patients at the practice between March 2009 and October 2012 may be a victim.