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Winthrop-University Hospital worker charged with stealing patients' personal information, cops say

Jasmine Sanchez, 33, of Lawrenceville, Ga., was an

Jasmine Sanchez, 33, of Lawrenceville, Ga., was an account representative for Mineola-based Winthrop-University Hospital when she stole patients' Social Security numbers and credit card information while she worked out of a Bethpage office, police said. Photo Credit: NCPD

A woman who worked at Winthrop-University Hospital was arrested after stealing patients' personal information, Nassau police said Friday.

Jasmine Sanchez, 33, of Lawrenceville, Georgia, was an account representative for the Mineola-based hospital when she stole Social Security numbers and credit card information while she worked out of a Bethpage office, police said.

With a search warrant, authorities went to a Brentwood house where she was staying and found a spiral notebook with handwritten personal information on 11 patients, police said.

After Nassau's joint investigation with the NYPD's computer section and the Manhattan district attorneys office, Sanchez surrendered to Nassau detectives in the crimes against property squad, police said.

Sanchez was arraigned Thursday on nine counts of third-degree unlawful possession of personal identification information, police said. Bail was set at $9,000 bond or $4,500 cash; it was unclear Friday whether she had an attorney.

Police on Friday did not immediately have other details, including whether detectives suspect the information of more than 11 patients had been compromised.

Hospital spokesman Ed Keating declined to comment on the case except to say that if the allegations are true, the hospital will do "everything in our power" to protect patients' information.

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