NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - In a follow up to a FOX 8 Defenders investigation, we talked to an alleged victim who says she had her identification was stolen from Ochsner hospital.
While the hospital won’t confirm the name of the possible employee that may have been involved, court documents shed more light on the case.
In 2017, Ochsner health system sent a letter to some patients after federal investigators contacted the hospital. The hospital warned the patients their personal information may have been compromised by a former Ochsner employee in the billing department.
Ochsner has not named that employee, but an alleged victim in this case told Fox 8 she learned the identity of the suspect after receiving notification from both the IRS and the Department of Justice on the progress of the case.
Fox 8 found federal court documents out of Texas matching the names of two co-defendants the alleged victim was given: Maegan Jordan and Demetrice Hodges.
Documents outline how Jordan, through her employment, took peoples' names, social security numbers and dates of birth sometime from 2011 through 2014.
Investigators said Jordan then sold that information to Hodges, and Hodges then used the information to file false tax returns and had the money deposited into an account.
Jordan pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud in federal court in August 2017. The next day, investigators indicted Hodges with aggravated identity theft and other federal charges. Hodges pleaded guilty in May of this year. As of Wednesday (Nov. 7), Hodges has yet to be sentenced.
Kemberley Washington, a CPA, said when it comes to identity theft, many have taken what steps they can to protect theirs and their children’s identity online.
However, when it comes to healthcare, she suggests trying to ask the extra questions before handing over information.
“Just try to see how your information is being used, not only in a hospital, but wherever you go you want to be careful before just giving up your social security number because in some instances, it may not really be needed,” Washington said.
In the 2017 letter, Ochsner sent patients, alerting them of their possibly-compromised information, they suggested remaining vigilant, reviewing statements and monitoring free credit reports.
The letter also listed Ochsner’s privacy officer to answer additional questions before finally apologizing to their patients.
As of Wednesday, Ochsner had not confirmed whether Jordan is the possible former employee. Federal documents that laid out the scheme by Jordan and Hodges does not mention Ochsner specifically.
Right now, Jordan is appealing to shorten her time in prison. Among other items, she cited being re-traumatized as she is a Hurricane Katrina survivor and the prison she was staying in was hit by Hurricane Michael.