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Cops Not Naming Medical Practice Whose Patient Records Were Stolen

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MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ — Authorities won't yet name the local medical practice whose patient records were stolen from a storage unit in East Brunswick.

The incident came to light this week, when the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office announced the arrest of Fernando Rios. Cops claimed the 33-year-old Sayreville resident stole and then sold more than 1,000 medical records from a storage unit used by a medical practice run by three doctors in East Brunswick and Somerset.

The name of the practice wasn't immediately clear. Andrea Boulton, spokesperson for the prosecutor's office, declined to identify the business.

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"At this time we are not identifying the doctors or their practice since they are considered the victims in the active investigation," she told TAPinto New Brunswick today, Sept. 14, via email.

As of 3:15 p.m., Boulton hadn't responded to a subsequent email regarding the security of the patients whose information was jacked.

Cops arrested Rios two days ago and charged him with one second-degree count of identity theft, one second-degree count of trafficking in personally identifying information and one third-degree count of burglary.

The investigation is open. Anyone with information should call Det. Jonathan Berman of the prosecutor's office at (732) 745-4328 or Det. Kevin Schroeck of the East Brunswick Police Department at (732) 745-3927.

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