Patient ID information stolen from Emory Healthcare

By Web Staff – email

ATLANTA (WTVM) – One of Georgia's largest healthcare systems is issuing an identity theft alert.

Emory Healthcare says it has alerted thousands of patients about a fraud scheme in which Social Security numbers were stolen.

Hospital officials say someone stole personal patient information, using 77 Social Security numbers in a tax return scam.

Officials say 2,400 other patients were given year-long identity protection in case they are targeted in the future.

The fraud was discovered by the Internal Revenue Service.

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