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April 4th, 2008

Possible Patients Identity Theft In Illinois Eye Center

Peoria’s Illinois Eye Center has warned its clients that a former employee allegedly accessed confidential patient records. The employee could have used confidential patient information for identity theft. According to a letter the eye center sent last week to affected patients, the records obtained include patient names, Social Security numbers and birth dates. It is believed females between ages 18 and 25 were targeted.

The Peoria County Sheriff’s Department was alerted about the possible identity theft in January and has received seven or eight reports total, Lt. Mark Greskoviak said.

The female suspect, whose name has not been released, worked as a receptionist at the center from June to November 2007 and police believe she now lives outside Illinois. Like most cases of identity theft, the confidential information was not used until long after it was obtained.

The possible ID theft only came to light during an investigation by a County detective, who notified Illinois Eye Center. As many as five young women may have been targeted. Illinois Eye Center has asked clients to check their credit standing to make sure they have not been victims of ID theft.

Patients are recommended to closely examine their credit card bills and run a credit check. Credit standing can be checked online at or by calling (877) 322-8228. Consumers should also monitor all purchases made with a credit card.

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