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Apr 13, 2012 7:41 AM by AP

La. woman gets prison for misusing patient data

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Westwego woman has been sentenced to more than two years in prison for using patient information stolen from a New Orleans hospital for her personal gain.

U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon on Thursday sentenced 26-year-old Sherrie Blair to 27 months in prison. Fallon sentenced Blair's boyfriend, 50-year-old Clyde Washington, to six months of "community confinement" followed by six months of home detention.

Prosecutors say Washington was working for Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans when he stole printouts containing patients' names, social security numbers, dates of birth and other personal information.

Blair allegedly used the data to open online accounts with retail and financial companies under the patients' names and ordered a 42-inch television, an $800 ring, gift cards and other merchandise.

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