A nurse accused of improperly accessing patient records at numerous hospitals in the Denver metro area faces five counts of identity theft and 46 counts of theft of medical records in connection with his time at Boulder Community Hospital between May 2010 and January 2011.
Cannon Lamar Tubb, 31, worked for a now-defunct Denver nurse staffing agency that placed him as an intensive care unit nurse in numerous Centura Health facilities, the Platte Valley Medical Center and Boulder Community Hospital, according to court documents.
Tubb had a nursing license from Texas that was also valid in Colorado, but his license was suspended in January in relation to prescription fraud, according to an arrest affidavit.
Centura first discovered Tubb had accessed 85 confidential patient and staff records at its hospitals during a computer audit in 2010 and notified Westminster police, where a detective identified at least three cases of identity theft, according to an arrest affidavit.
Westminster police also identified a possible victim in Boulder and notified Boulder police.
That first victim had filed a complaint after several credit cards were taken out in her name and her husband's name and used to make purchases, including $758 for an Apple iPad. Detectives traced the IP address used to make the purchase back to Boulder Community Hospital, the affidavit said.
Hospital officials said Tubb worked at BCH for 32 days between May 2010 and January 2011. BCH ran an audit on Tubb's computer use at the hospital and sent letters to all patients whose records he looked at, as well as all patients who were under his care.
The audit found Tubb viewed demographic information for 74 patients, 46 of whom were never in the intensive care unit, where Tubb worked. He also viewed financial information for some patients.
Tubb faces charges of theft of medical records in relation to the non-ICU patients.
Tubb also faces five counts of identity theft for allegedly using information from those records to open credit card accounts and make purchases.
According to the affidavit, Tubb opened or tried to open credit card accounts at Best Buy, Home Depot, Amazon and other stores in the names of people whose records he looked at while at Boulder Community.
Tubb was arrested in Texas earlier this year in relation to the Adams County cases and remains in custody there.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 4 in Adams County.
Charges are expected to be filed against Tubb in Boulder County on Oct. 12.
Contact Camera Staff Writer Erica Meltzer at 303-473-1355 or firstname.lastname@example.org.