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South Carolina man charged in alleged online Medicare scheme

Internet crime charges are very serious. Police will often seize computers in these cases and review highly personal records to determine whether a crime has taken place. These actions can have severe consequences for those accused. This was the case for one Columbia man who is facing internet charges.

According to the South Carolina Department of Health and Human services, the former employee collected the personal information of more than 228,000 Medicare patients and sent the information as an attachment to his personal email account. The attachment was apparently not scanned by the department's safeguards. The agency is changing and reviewing its security policies in the wake of the alleged breach of security.

Although no cases of identity theft have been reported, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has made it clear that she wishes "an example" to be made out of this man. She has requested that the State Law Enforcement Division "slam him to the wall." He is currently charged with violating the confidentiality of medical indigents and with disclosing confidential information. The man faces up to 10 years in prison if he is convicted on all charges.

While these are very serious charges, anyone accused of internet-related crimes has protections under the law to ensure that rights are not violated. Politics aside, those accused of internet crimes have the right to a fair trial and treatment under the law. With legal representation, it is possible for those accused of these crimes to protect their rights and receive a fair process.

Source: The Island Packet, "SC agencies reviewing security after ID theft case," Seanna Adcox, April 30, 2012

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