A former medical records tech stole pii that was then used to fraudulently claim DoD and VA benefits, particularly targeting disabled veterans.
More than 3,300 U.S. military service members, military dependents and civilians employed by the Department of defense were compromised as part of a transnational cybercrime ring created to defraud them out of $1.5 million in military benefits from the DoD and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
A former civilian medical records technician and administrator with the U.S. Army was at the center of the scheme, according to court documents filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas. Fredrick Brown, a Las Vegas resident, was sentenced to 12 and a half years in prison last week, after admitting that between July 2014 and September 2015, he stole personally identifiable information (PII) for thousands of people.
In his capacity as a records technician, Brown had access to a military electronic health records database. He admitted that he took screenshots to pilfer names, Social-Security numbers, military ID numbers, dates of birth and contact information from the victims.
He sent the information to a Philippines-based co-defendant, Robert Wayne Boling Jr., he said. Boling and