Linda Bowden Turner, an employee fired June 1, took home pages from 136 patient medical records and 221 employee documents, which included Social Security numbers of past and current employees and dated back to 2006.
Police have charged Turner, 55, with larceny by employee. Her attorney and the medical center concluded Turner is a hoarder and had no malicious intent.
“Our own conversations with Turner and observations of the materials she was hoarding lead us to believe that the medical center documents were not stolen for the purpose of being misused or harming anyone,” J.T Moser, Wake Forest Baptist’s privacy officer, said in a statement. The documents appeared to have been in Turner’s possession “for years,” he added, and left undisturbed until the recent discovery.
Turner is schedule to appear in court July 22.