MIAMI (AP) - A Miami man has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for participating in a scheme to sell stolen patient records to lawyers for injury claims.
U.S. District Judge Joan Lenard also imposed a $100,000 fine on 62-year-old Ruben Rodriguez, whose attorney had sought a six-year sentence.
Lenard said she was compelled to issue the tougher sentence because of the high number of patient records - more than 3,000 - Rodriguez paid a Jackson Memorial Hospital employee to steal. He then brokered the patients' information to a personal-injury lawyer in exchange for part of any legal settlements won from the claims.
Rodriguez pleaded guilty to two conspiracy charges and aggravated identity theft in July.
Federal prosecutor Ben Curtis said the investigation into the scheme will continue.