Nurse Sentenced For Stealing Hospital Patients' IDs
Cannon Tubb Convicted Of ID Theft, Theft Of Medical Records
5:24 AM, Dec 6, 2011
A contract nurse who worked at numerous hospitals was sentenced Tuesday for stealing the identities of dozens of hospital patients.Cannon Tubb, 31, was sentenced to six years of community corrections despite the district attorney's request for a prison sentence.Community corrections is designed as an intermediate point between probation/parole and prison, for anyone who needs more supervision and treatment than those on probation, but less physical confinement than that provided by a prison, according to the Department of Corrections."We requested a prison sentence due to the severity of the crimes and the vulnerability of the hospital patients that Tubbs victimized," said district attorney Don Quick.Tubb worked for a now-defunct Denver nurse staffing agency that placed him as an intensive care unit nurse in numerous Centura Health facilities, the Platte Valley Medical Center and Boulder Community Hospital.During his employment in late 2010 and early 2011, it was discovered Tubb accessed patient records and used that information to steal the credit card and personal information of patients in the hospitals.Tubbs crimes were discovered in February 2011 when a victim was contacted by a store regarding a credit application.Westminster Police Department began investigating the crime and traced the ID theft to the victims stay and treatment at St. Anthonys hospital, and ultimately to Tubb.Centura discovered Tubb had accessed 85 confidential patient and staff records at its hospitals during a computer audit and notified Westminster police.All hospitals where Tubb was working contacted all patients who had been treated while Tubb worked as a contract nurse to attempt to warn those potential victims of the possible theft of their personal information.As a result, more victims were located.According to the affidavit, Tubb opened or tried to open credit card accounts at Best Buy, Home Depot, Amazon and other stores in the names of people whose records he looked at while at Boulder Community Hospital.In June 2011 Tubb was charged with multiple counts of felony identity theft and theft of medical records.