Skip to comments.IRS faces class action lawsuit over theft of 60 million medical records
Posted on 05/15/2013 7:30:24 AM PDT by Lacey
he Internal Revenue Service is now facing a class action lawsuit over allegations that it improperly accessed and stole the health records of some 10 million Americans, including medical records of all California state judges. According to a report by Courthousenews.com, an unnamed HIPAA-covered entity in California is suing the IRS, alleging that some 60 million medical records from 10 million patients were stolen by 15 IRS agents. The personal health information seized on March 11, 2011, included psychological counseling, gynecological counseling, sexual/drug treatment and other medical treatment data.
"This is an action involving the corruption and abuse of power by several Internal Revenue Service agents," the complaint reads. "No search warrant authorized the seizure of these records; no subpoena authorized the seizure of these records; none of the 10,000,000 Americans were under any kind of known criminal or civil investigation and their medical records had no relevance whatsoever to the IRS search. IT personnel at the scene, a HIPPA facility warning on the building and the IT portion of the searched premises, and the company executives each warned the IRS agents of these privileged records," it continued.
According to the case, the IRS agents had a search warrant for financial data pertaining to a former employee of the John Doe company, however, "it did not authorize any seizure of any healthcare or medical record of any persons, least of all third parties completely unrelated to the matter," the complaint read.
The class action lawsuit against the IRS seeks $25,000 in compensatory damages "per violation per individual" in addition to punitive damages for constitutional violations. Thus, compensatory damages could start at a minimum of $250 billion.
This should be dated March 15, 2013. Sorry.
The jaws of the trap are springing shut.
Da*n those low level clerks...
I hope this is real. Would love references to the legal filings if possible.
What litigation was going on in CA at the time, that they would want the medical records from all the judges (presumably for bribery purposes)?
Out of control and it’ll only get worse.
Da*n those low level clerks...in Cincinnati
What ever happened to the flat tax or other tax ideas that would eliminate the need for the IRS. Time to do it now while everyone sees the problems.
This photo/graphic is right on. Behold the Next Holocaust designed by OBayMe, Pelosi, Reid, and all the RATs in Congress who voted yes for this evil mess.
Low level oops.
60,000,000 medical records stolen.
No search warrants.
This is why the IRS is integral to obamacare.
OMG! This is unbelieveable! Is this just now coming out because of the other illegal activities of the IRS?
well, well, well. Very scary
Right, Cincinnati. That’s the ticket. :)
Drip, drip, drip...
Wait wait wait - is this real? Who the eff knows anymore? But can we triangulate here and confirm?
We're Armed and Ready To Go.
We're the IRS.
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