Davenport Man Sentenced to Four Years in Prison for Theft of Patient Information
|U.S. Attorney’s Office April 10, 2013|
ORLANDO—U.S. District Judge Roy B. Dalton, Jr. sentenced Serrgei Kusyakov (39, Davenport) this week to four years in federal prison for conspiracy and wrongful disclosure of individually identifiable health information. He pleaded guilty on January 7, 2013.
According to court documents and evidence introduced during sentencing, Kusyakov was involved in the operation of two chiropractic clinics in Central Florida (Metro Chiropractic and Wellness Center and City Lights Medical Center). He also served as a volunteer at Florida Hospital in Celebration. While volunteering at Florida Hospital, he met Dale Munroe, II. Munroe worked as a registration representative in the Emergency Department. Munroe’s duties included registering patients as they came in the main emergency entrance. Kusyakov recruited Munroe to obtain the personal health information of hospital patients who had been involved in motor vehicle accidents. Munroe disclosed the information to Kusyakov who, along with others, used the stolen information to solicit Florida Hospital patients for chiropractic and legal services. Kusyakov paid Munroe for his role in providing the stolen information.
On January 14, 2013, Dale Munroe, II (35, Winter Haven) was sentenced to 12 months and one day in federal prison for his role in the conspiracy. His wife, Katrina Munroe, also an employee of Florida Hospital in Celebration, was terminated by the hospital in August 2012 after becoming a suspect in a data breach incident. On December 27, 2012, she pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy. She faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison. Her sentencing hearing has been set for July 8, 2013.
These cases were investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Florida Department of Financial Services, Division of Insurance Fraud. They are being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg.