A former employee at Florida Hospital Celebration pleaded guilty on Monday to data theft after he was caught disclosing patients' information to another man to solicit more than 12,000 patients.
Dale Munroe II, 35, of Winter Haven faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison on conspiracy and wrongful disclosure of identifiable health information charges. He is set to be sentenced in January 2013.
According to his plea agreement, Munroe was hired in July 2006, at Florida Hospital, in Celebration, where he worked as a registration representative in the emergency room. From 2009-2011 Munroe obtained information about patients who had been involved in car accidents and disclosed it to Sergei Kusyakov, who then would use the stolen information to solicit the patients for lawyers and chiropractors.
According to the state attorney's office, Kusyakov was arrested in September for his role in this scheme. On October 10, he was indicted for one count of conspiracy and four counts of wrongful disclosure of individually identifiable health information. His trial is set for December 2012.