SEATTLE (CBS SEATTLE) – A psychologist’s license has been suspended after a prostitute stole a laptop containing confidential information regarding hundreds of patients.
According to a statement from the Washington State Department of Health, psychologist Sunil Kakar compromised the personal health information of 652 clients by leaving his personal laptop with a prostitute as a form of payment.
The Gig Harbor psychologist;’s license has been suspended immediately on charges of not protecting sensitive client information and he cannot practice until the charges are resolved.
Kakar left the laptop with a prostitute as a form of payment while he went to get cash from an ATM. He returned to find the woman gone along with the computer.
He failed to notify the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) that the laptop was missing until five days later.
Kankar also misrepresented the number of clients who could be affected by their personal information falling into the wrong hands.
He has 20 days to respond to the charges by requesting a hearing.
If he does not respond, he could face a temporary license suspension or revocation in addition to a fine of up to $5,000 for each violation.
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