Former San Diego hospital worker accused of stealing patient data for unemployment claims

Former San Diego hospital worker accused of stealing patient data for unemployment claims

7/22/2021 7:48:00 AM

Former San Diego hospital worker accused of stealing patient data for unemployment claims

A former employee of Scripps Health in San Diego is accused of stealing the personal information of dozens of patients.

SAN DIEGO — A former employee of Scripps Health in San Diego is accused of stealing the personal information of dozens of patients as part of a scheme to file fraudulent pandemic-related unemployment claims in their names, according to a federal complaint.

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Matthew Lombardo is one of seven people charged in two separate investigations surrounding the use of stolen identities to file for pandemic employment assistance under the CARES Act, the U.S. attorney’s office said Wednesday.Lombardo, 52, of San Diego worked as a patient financial service representative at Scripps Health, a job that included meeting with patients to obtain their personal identifying information — such as birth date, employment and reason for seeking medical care — as well as verifying insurance coverage, according to an affidavit filed with the complaint.

He had been in the position for about a year and a half when he was recruited last August into a scheme run by Konrad Piekos and others, according to a special agent with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General.AdvertisementLombardo is accused of sending at least dozens of names to Piekos, who would then, with his associates, file unemployment claims and direct the funds to addresses he controlled, according to the complaint. headtopics.com

Lombardo:“This guy died a few hours ago. How many names do we need? I’ll check for more just got here”Piekos:"... Find me one who is still alive...lol.”Lombardo:“Lol ok lots of those. We want old people?”Piekos:“no, I mean someone 55 or younger who is on their way out... maybe a couple days left or something”

In one text message, according to the complaint, Lombardo sent the information of a patient, saying, “This guy died a few hours ago. How many names do we need? I’ll check for more just got here.”Piekos allegedly responded that his associate would put that name in “asap” and to “find me one who is still alive ... lol.”

“Lol OK lots of those. We want old people?” Lombardo answered. Piekos then directed him to find “someone 55 or younger who is on their way out.... Maybe a couple days left or something,” according to the complaint.The special agent said in his affidavit that the defendants probably knew that once people die, they are quickly entered into a database that makes them ineligible for unemployment benefits.

In another text string, Lombardo allegedly found a patient who was listed as homeless who “mite be a good one.”In dozens of cases, Lombardo is accused of sending screenshots of files of pregnant patients, including their obstetrician’s name, delivery date and spouse’s information. headtopics.com

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AdvertisementAgents later interviewed some of patients, who confirmed that they’d been treated at Scripps Health facilities but denied ever filing for unemployment. The complaint does not name specific facilities.In a statement Wednesday, Scripps Health said Lombardo worked as a patient services specialist on an as-needed basis beginning in May 2019.

“He was terminated on April 14, 2021, for cause,” the statement reads. “Scripps takes its responsibility for protecting patient privacy very seriously and is cooperating with the government investigation.”Authorities did not disclose how much money the alleged scheme derived from benefits. But a separate scheme involving four defendants paid out more than $1.6 million in fraudulent claims, according to court records. Some of those defendants are also accused of running a drug distribution ring.

AdvertisementThe investigation sprang out of a traffic stop. San Diego County sheriff’s deputies pulled over Piekos in October for driving without a license plate. The deputy noticed an assault rifle, which was unregistered, in plain view, and a search turned up several guns, loaded magazines and about $40,000 in cash.

That led to a search of Piekos’ two Vista homes — one occupied by him and another where his two alleged associates lived — where authorities found more guns, heroin and fentanyl, according to court records. Search warrants for several cellphones seized during the searches yielded text messages with Lombardo spelling out the unemployment scheme, the complaint states. headtopics.com

Piekos, Lombardo and two others have been charged with multiple counts, including aggravated identity theft and a wire fraud conspiracy. Piekos is also charged with gun and drug offenses in a separate case. Read more: Los Angeles Times »

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