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They say one man's trash is another's treasure.
But what if that trash really turned out to be a gold mine?
NATSOT: (something like--people sometime throw away treasures--or you'd be surprised what people throw away)
Each time you take your trash to the curb, or watch the garbage truck pass by--you probably aren't even thinking--that your money, identity, your life--could be thrown out with the trash.
But that potential for disaster is exactly what we found at this county landfill.
After news 3 received a tip from a viewer who wishes to remain anonymous--about hundreds of medical records floating around in this dumpster--with patient names, addresses, social security numbers--and medicaid numbers laying out for all to see.
and within arms length of all those coming in and out to dump their trash.
We were able to obtain just under 80 records--from the site-- in them we found the perfect formula to steal a person's private information.
There are generally prohibitions for anyone who has the responsibility for medical records--not to just throw them away--they have to be obliterated.
Mary Herring has served on the Texas Medical Board, and is currently a professor at the Texas A&M Health Science Center--she says shredding, or burning medical records is the prescribed plan for destruction--so that private patient information isn't compromised.
Often times we see the breakdown in staff who don't know how they're destroyed, when they can be destroyed, how long they can be held.