Woman sentenced to probation in patient record breach

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A woman has been sentenced to 18 months of probation for a mass transfer of emails that include information about 317 patients.

The Wichita Eagle reports that 55-year-old April Galvan, of Mulvane, was sentenced Wednesday for seven counts of felony computer fraud. Galvan was fired in June 2013 from her job as the business manager for Cypress Surgery Center.

In anticipation of losing her job, she forwarded emails from her work computer to her personal email account. The breach was discovered in an audit soon afterward.

During trial, Galvan said she feared legal backlash from Cypress about an incident that involved fraudulent insurance billing. She says she forwarded the emails to her personal account to protect herself.

Galvan’s defense attorney says he plans to appeal.



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