EDISON, NJ - Fernando Rios, 33, was arrested yesterday on one count of identity theft in the second degree, one count of trafficking in personally identifying information in the second degree and one count of burglary in the third degree.
Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Chief James Conroy of the East Brunswick Police Department said the Sayreville man was arrested and charged with selling medical records that he stole from a storage unit in East Brunswick.
He was charged during a joint investigation with Homeland Security Investigations, Dets. Jonathan Berman of the prosecutor's office and Kevin Schroeck of the East Brunswick Police Department.
During the investigation, led by Homeland Security Investigations, it was determined that Rios broke into a storage facility in East Brunswick, which housed the records of a medical practice of three doctors from East Brunswick and Somerset. Over 1,000 medical records that contained personal information of patients were stolen and then sold.
The investigation is active and is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Berman at (732) 745-4328 or Schroeck at (732) 745-3927.
As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Rios are merely accusations. He is presumed innocent until proven guilty.