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August 16, 2010
California Man Charged with Fraudulently Collecting Health Incentives
Many employee wellness programs offer cash incentives for participation, but in one case, this idea seriously backfired.

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Cam Giang, a former employee at the University of California (UC) Medical Center, apparently obtained and used personal information of other UC employees to create accounts on a health management website, complete online health surveys for them without their consent, and collect incentives.

StayWell Health Management operates a wellness program and website for the university system. Employees receive a $100 online voucher for completing a health survey.

Giang pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of wire fraud and one count of illegal use of a Social Security number. Sentencing is scheduled for late October. The plea was the result of an investigation by the FBI. According to the bureau, Giang admitted to completing approximately 382 surveys using the personal information of other UC employees. The maximum penalty for one count of wire fraud is 20 years’ imprisonment and a fine of $250,000.

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