UCLA Medical Worker Charged With Selling Confidential Celebrity Files To The Media
Posted on Tue Apr 29, 2008 03:13 PM PDT

Farrah Fawcett FFAWCETT040708.jpgLOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - The Smoking Gun reports that Lawanda Jackson, 49, a former employee of the UCLA Medical Center was indicted today for allegedly accessing confidential medical records of numerous celebrity patients and selling them to a "national media outlet," according to a federal indictment.

The United States District Court indictment states that a media outlet paid Jackson at least $4600 for the private information. The indictment does not state which media outlet it was, though it is widely suspected that the National Enquirer was paying for the medical information, according to the Smoking Gun. The indictment doesn't reveal which celebrities had their confidentiality breached, though The Los Angeles Times reported that Jackson allegedly reviewed the records of 33 well-known patients, including actress Farrah Fawcett and Maria Shriver, wife of California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Jackson was charged with obtaining the private information between 2006 and May 21, 2007, the date which she was terminated from her position as an administrative specialist at the UCLA Medical Center. If convicted of a felony charge of illegally obtaining individually identifiable health information for commercial advantage, Jackson faces a maximum of 10 years in prison.