Grayson County woman who stole and sold protected health information sentenced to 2 and a half years in federal prison

 

Date: July 22, 2021

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Plano, Texas — A Sherman woman has been sentenced to prison for federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Nicholas J. Ganjei today.

Amanda Lowry pleaded guilty on Dec.ember4, 2020, to conspiracy to obtain information from a protected computer and was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Sean D. Jordan.

"Today's sentence is another example of the Eastern District's commitment to vigorously defending protected health information and prosecuting those who exploit such information for their personal gain," said Acting U.S. Attorney Nicholas J. Ganjei. "The defendant's actions not only compromised victims' sensitive information, exposing them to fraudulent schemes; but, also ultimately resulted in unnecessary costs to federal healthcare programs."

According to information presented in court, Lowry, Demetrius Cervantes, and Lydia Henslee were named in a federal indictment on September 11, 2019 charging them with conspiracy to obtain information from a protected computer and conspiracy to unlawfully possess and use a means of identification. They are alleged to have breached a health care provider's electronic health record (EHR) system in order to steal protected health information and personally identifiable information belonging to patients. This stolen information was then "repackaged" in the form of false and fraudulent physician orders and subsequently sold to durable medical equipment (DME) providers and contractors. The defendants obtained more than $1.4 million in proceeds from the sale of the stolen information. The defendants then used those proceeds to purchase items such as sport utility vehicles, off-road vehicles, and jet skis.

Cervantes was sentenced to 48 months in federal prison on July 8, 2021. Henslee pleaded guilty on March 25, 2021. Her sentencing date has not been set.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation; the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General; and the U.S. Department of Defense, Office of Inspector General, Defense Criminal Investigative Service. The matter is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Nathaniel Kummerfeld and Adrian Garcia.