FORMER BCBS EMPLOYEE CHARGED WITH ID THEFT
An Alabama Blue Cross Blue Shield employee was fired after she was charged with stealing the personal information of at least 15 Blue Cross Blue Shield members. The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office arrested Latonia Davis, 32, and charged her with identity theft.
Blue Cross Blue Shield has acknowledged Ms. Davis tried to obtain credit by using the personal information of its members. “Although this is an isolated incident, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama takes the security of our members’ health information seriously,” Blue Cross Blue Shield said Thursday in a statement to FOX6 News. Further, a BCBS spokesperson is quoting as saying, “We will continue to ensure that appropriate measures are taken to protect the security and integrity of our members’ health information.”
BCBS also said Davis is no longer an employee.
Employers may perform background checks on potential employees, including the review of credit reports, with permission. The federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) governs employers’ access to employees’ credit reports. Employers who hire and retain employees who have access to sensitive personal data should hold its employees to higher standards and regularly review its employees credit reports and civil and criminal background.
If you are a victim of identity theft, then contact data security lawyer Micah Adkins for a free and confidential legal consultation.