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[ISN] Victims of TRICARE data theft report financial fraud
By Bob Brewin
Last fall, not long after someone stole computer tapes containing the
health records of 4.9 million TRICARE beneficiaries, some of the victims
discovered bogus charges on their credit card statements and
unauthorized bank transactions.
The tapes were stolen in September 2011 from the car of an employee with
TRICARE contractor Science Applications International Corp. who was
transporting them from one federal facility to another in San Antonio,
Texas. The employee left the unencrypted tapes in a parking garage for
most of a workday.
In October 2011, the law firm Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker of
Potomac, Md., filed a $4.9 billion class action lawsuit against the
Defense Department. Since then, Defense or SAIC have been hit with seven
additional lawsuits charging the company and the government with
negligence in the care of sensitive personal and health information.
In an amended complaint to the original suit against Defense, which now
includes SAIC, plaintiffs said they started to notice fraudulent
activity in their financial accounts soon after the theft:
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