Inmates Had Access to Social Security Numbers: Audit

Inmates entered claims from physicians under Medicaid program

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2012  |  Updated 8:33 PM EDT
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A Maryland audit found that prison inmates had access to personal information such as Social Security numbers while working for Maryland Correctional Enterprises.

The audit released Tuesday focused on a program that provides work experience for inmates, who entered claims from physicians under the state's Medicaid program for the health department.

A computer program to redact Social Security numbers failed to redact all of the numbers. The audit notes that Social Security numbers infrequently didn’t get redacted.

Still, Maryland Correctional Enterprises notified the department last year that it isn't processing the claims any more.

Rick Binetti, a spokesman for the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, says only three forms were found to have Social Security numbers that may have been noticed by an inmate.

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