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March 26, 2012

Nurses’ aide accused of stealing patient information

Woman no longer working for Floyd Memorial

NEW ALBANY — A former nurses’ aide at Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services in New Albany is accused of using patient information to apply for credit cards.

Clarksville Police Department Detective Shawn Bassett said Patricia L. Albano, 49, of New Albany, confessed to using information about two to three unknown victims’ to apply for credit cards. Bassett said she had been approved for at least one, but it is unknown how much she charged on that and any other potential cards.

Bassett said he started investigating after a former patient had been alerted by a credit agency that someone was applying for credit in her name using a different address. Bassett said Albano used her home address on the applications, leading police to her.

Floyd Memorial Marketing and PR Specialist Angie Glotzbach said she couldn’t discuss personnel issues, but was able to say that Albano is no longer employed by the hospital. She was not able to say when Albano was hired.

“We do take patient privacy very seriously here at the hospital,” she said. “We do follow HIPPA regulations for privacy.”

Albano was arrested on preliminary charges of forgery and identity deception, which are class C and D felonies. The C felony carries with it a sentence of two to eight years, with the D felony being between six months and three years. Albano has not been formally charged in court.

Anyone who feels they may have been a victim of Albano should contact Bassett at the Clarksville Police Department at 812-288-7151.

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