Nurse Pleads Guilty to HIPAA Violation

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Nurse Pleads Guilty to HIPAA Violation

A licensed practical nurse who pled guilty to wrongfully disclosing a patient’s health information for personal gain faces a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine or both.

Andrea Smith, LPN, 25, of Trumann, Arkansas, and her husband, Justin Smith, were indicted on federal charges of conspiracy to violate and substantive violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) in December. At the time, Smith worked as a nurse at Northeast Arkansas Clinic, a multispecialty clinic in Jonesboro, Arkansas.


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