Tennessee Man, 5 Hospital Employees Sentenced for Conspiracy to Sell Patient Information

Published: February 6, 2024

UPDATE FEBRUARY 6, 2024: Roderick Harvey, 42, has been sentenced to five years of probation for his role in a conspiracy to violate the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). He was also ordered to serve one year of the probationary period in home detention and to pay a $50,000 fine.

In April 2023, Harvey pled guilty to conspiring with five former Methodist Hospital employees to unlawfully disclose patient information in violation of HIPAA, according to a statement from the Department of Justice.

Between November 2017, and December 2020, Harvey paid former Methodist Hospital employees Kirby Dandridge, Sylvia Taylor, Kara Thompson, Melanie Russell, and Adrianna Taber to provide him with names and phone numbers of patients who had been involved in motor vehicle accidents. Harvey then sold the information to third persons including personal injury attorneys and chiropractors.

Dandridge, Taylor, Taber, Thompson, and Russell were sentenced after pleading guilty in 2023 to disclosing patient information to Harvey. Dandridge was sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to pay a $2,500 fine. Thompson was sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to pay a fine of $3,000. Taylor was sentenced to two years of probation.  Taber was sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine. Russell was sentenced to time served and placed on supervised release for six months.

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ORIGINAL NOVEMBER 15, 2022 ARTICLE:

Memphis, Tennessee — A federal grand jury on Thursday indicted five former Methodist Hospital employees for violating the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) alleges the former employees sold patient data to a man who then sold the information to others.

From November 2017 to December 2020, Kirby Dandridge, 38, Sylvia Taylor, 43, Kara Thompson, 30, Melanie Russell, 41, and Adrianna Taber, 26, were paid by Roderick Harvey, 40, to provide him with names and phone numbers of Methodist patients who had been involved in motor vehicle accidents, claimed the DOJ in a press release. After obtaining the information, Harvey allegedly sold it to others, including personal injury lawyers and chiropractors.

If convicted of conspiracy, the defendants could face up to five years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and three years of supervised release.

Dandridge, Taylor, Thompson, Russell, and Taber were each charged with separate violations of disclosing the information to Harvey in violation of HIPAA. That charge carries a maximum penalty of one year imprisonment, a $50,000 fine and a one-year period of supervised release.

The hospital issued the following statement about the charges:

At Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, we take the security of our patient’s private information very seriously. Once we became aware of the situation, we promptly took action and alerted the appropriate legal authorities. We’ve cooperated fully with their investigation and ensured each patient who was affected has been notified. While there is no evidence of financial information being disclosed, we are offering free credit reporting for those affected.”

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