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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police say they have arrested a woman who worked at a local medical center after she stole a patient's identity and used it for her own selfish gain.
According to an arrest report, 34-year-old Leslee Ballard worked for the Jewish Medical Center South in Bullitt County as a "medical provider" back on Sept. 19, when she allegedly stole the identity of the patient.
Police say Ballard used the victim's name and social security number to open credit card accounts and even wired a $500 loan to her own personal bank account.
Ballard allegedly turned herself in and admitted to the crime. She is charged with identity theft and fraudulent use of a credit card, according to police.
On Wednesday afternoon, KentuckyOne Health, the company that operates the medical center, issued the following statement:
"KentuckyOne Health takes patient confidentiality very seriously. We have policies and procedures in place to protect patient information and we hold our employees to the highest standards.
We employ a privacy officer and coordinators who oversee day-to-day management of patient privacy. We have implemented policies and procedures in compliance with the HIPAA privacy regulations, and we limit access to patient information to only those who need it to perform their jobs. In addition, we encrypt all electronic patient information and conduct audits of patient accounts to detect inappropriate access. Disciplinary action, up to and including termination, is taken for any violations of patient privacy.
We are cooperating fully with the Louisville Metro Police Department in their investigation of this alleged breach. The employee in question is no longer with our organization."