5,682 patients and parents of patients at the UF Pediatric Primary Care Clinic at Tower Square are being notified by the University of Florida (UF) to take measures to protect themselves against identity theft.
The notification comes after the university discovered that an employee working at one of its medical practices had ties to an identity theft ring. The suspect might have stolen patient personal and health information.
The fraud ring is being investigated by the Office of the State Attorney, the US Secret Service and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
Law enforcement officials notified the university of the incident on April 11. That’s when UF learned that the employee might have stolen names, addresses, dates of birth and social security numbers.
Impacted individuals are being offered fraud resolution services. In addition, they’re advised to contact major credit agencies and notify them of the incident.