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Hospital Worker Charged in COVID Relief Fraud Case

Prosecutors Allege Patients' Information Used for Fake Unemployment Claims Marianne Kolbasuk McGee (HealthInfoSec) • July 22, 2021

Federal prosecutors have charged a former Scripps Health employee in connection with an alleged conspiracy involving the theft of patient information that was then used to submit fraudulent unemployment claims under the COVID-19 relief program.

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The U.S. Department of Justice in a statement on Thursday said it has charged nine San Diego county residents in two separate indictments with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and identity theft involving fraudulent pandemic unemployment insurance claims under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act of 2020.

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Matthew Lombardo, a former employee of Scripps Health, as well as three alleged co-conspirators - Konrad Piekos, Ryan Genetti, and Dobrila Milosavljevic, were all charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

Lombardo, Piekos, and Genetti were also ...

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