RISK: The dark side of medical identity theft

One clinic prescribed unnecessary anti-psychotic medication to elderly and impoverished patients and sold the drugs on the black market

Medical identity theft is on the rise, and it isn’t always cyber-savvy hackers who are doing the damage, says Wall Street Journal reporter Stephanie Armour.

In one high-level case, a California medical imaging clinic prescribed unnecessary anti-psychotic medication to elderly and impoverished patients, got the pills through government health care plans and sold the drugs on the black market. The clinic filed nearly 8,500 fraudulent claims costing Medicaid and Medi-Cal $4.5 million.

Read more: Stolen medical identities

Copyright © 2017 Transcontinental Media G.P.
Transcontinental Media G.P.