November 23, 2009 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

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Identity theft was a key part of a financial fraud that Adeniyi Adeyemi, 27, used to steal approximately $1 million from accounts belonging to 11 not-for-profits and trusts. Among the victims was the American Association of Clinical Chemistry (AACC). Adeyemi was a computer technician at the Bank of New York Mellon. The Manhattan District Attorney’s office indicted Adeyemi on 149 criminal counts, alleging he ran the fraud between 2001 and April 2009. The crimes include grand larceny, identity theft, money laundering, scheme to defraud, computer tampering, and unlawful possession of personal identification information.

MORE ON: Fraud

The criminal complaint states that Adeyemi stole the identities of more than 150 of his co-workers. He used this information to open brokerage accounts under these names. Next, using his access as a computer tech, Adeyemi stole money from the accounts of the 12 trusts and not-for-profit organizations. Officials from the DA’s office noted that, because such organizations often make their bank account information available online to facilitate donations, that probably made it easier for Adeyemi to access the bank accounts of charities and non-profits. This crime is reminder that lab administrators and pathologists should have protections in place that restrict access to confidential information, including bank account numbers and passwords.

TRANSITIONS

  • Aperio Technologies, Inc., of Vista, California, hired Jared N. Schwartz, M.D., Ph.D., to be its Chief Medical Officer. Schwartz was Director of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Presybterian Healthcare in Charlotte, North Carolina, and is immediate past president of the College of American Pathologists.
  • There’s a new Laboratory Executive Director at The Joint Commission. Jennifer F. Rhamy, MBA, MA, MT (ASCP), was appointed to the position. Rhamy was formerly Vice President of Laboratory Services for the Indiana Blood Center in Indianapolis,  Indiana. She holds a certification in Lean Six Sigma.
  • Kenneth A. Berlin became the new President and CEO of Rosetta Genomics Ltd, earlier this month. Berlin came to Rosetta from Johnson & Johnson, where he held a number of positions over the past 15 years. Most recently he was General Manager of J&J’s Veridex division.
  • Russell Duke, formerly CEO of TriCore Laboratories of Albuquerque, New Mexico, died in his home in Dallas, Texas, on November 1, 2009.

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