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Company May Face Charges After Trashing Medical Files

Fulton County, GA – Alpharetta police say criminal charges are possible after a moving company dumped hundreds of medical files without authorization. Police told Channel 2’s Mike Petchenik the 180 files turned up missing from a Self-Storage facility on Highway 9.

“They contain Social Security Numbers, addresses, telephone numbers,” Alpharetta Department of Public Safety spokesman George Gordon said of the files. “That’s a grave concern for us.”

Gordon said the practice manager at Physician’s Pain and Wellness in Cumming, GA, called police after an employee went to check on the files and found one file cabinet missing. Gordon said when the practice contacted the Roswell moving company they’d hired to relocate the files, the owner told them he had thrown them away.

“Charges could be forthcoming for the destruction of those medical files,” said Gordon. “If he threw the cabinet and files into the dumpsters, that’s theft by taking from the storage facility itself.”

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