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Recent healthcare privacy breach cases have resulted in significant sanctions. As the result of an incident involving the University of Texas Medical Branch, a 34-year-old Texas woman has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison and ordered to pay $163,185.19 restitution for unlawful possession of fraudulent identification documents and conspiracy to commit identity theft. In a separate case, The Herald-Sun reports on a University of North Carolina cancer researcher's fight against the demotion and $85,000 pay cut she received following a 2007 security breach in the study she directed. The researcher's attorney is arguing the university knew the program's computer system had security deficiencies and did not notify his client.
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