Husband, Wife Use Patient Information to Steal Thousands of Dollars

The couple allegedly attempted to spend well over a million dollars with the patients’ bank accounts.

A husband and wife in New York have been arrested after allegedly using patient information to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars to buy luxury items.

Kyle and Krystle Steed, both 30, were charged with felonies including attempted grand larceny and grand larceny for the alleged theft of more than 80 patients’ medical records at Lenox Hill Hospital, according to NBC New York.

Kyle Steed worked at the Manhattan hospital when he allegedly stole the information and gave it to his wife, who proceeded to illegally access credit card accounts at Bank of America and American Express, court document show.

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Krystle Steed used various techniques to avoid security questions and sidestep fraud protections with the accounts, placing phone orders for more than $300,000 worth of merchandise. The indictment claims Krystle attempted to make more than $1 million in fraudulent purchases.

Kyle Steed was suspended without pay during the investigation and has since been fired from the hospital.

A hospital spokesperson said the hospital will continue to improve its security protocols to avoid such information theft in the future.

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Zach Winn is a journalist living in the Boston area. He was previously a reporter for Wicked Local and graduated from Keene State College in 2014, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in journalism and minoring in political science.

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