Former U.S. Army Major and his wife, an anesthesiologist, criminally charged in a conspiracy to transfer highly sensitive medical data about patients - US military personnel to Russia. The edition told in more detail to Reuters.
Jamie Lee Henry, a former major who was formerly a physician at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, and his wife, Russian-speaking doctor Anna Gabrielian, have been charged in a Maryland federal court with conspiracy and wrongful disclosure of individually identifiable medical information about military patients. They were arrested on 28 September.
The indictment alleges that in the aftermath of Russian President Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine in February, the couple sought to help the Russian government by providing it with data that would help the Putin regime "get an idea of the health status of individuals associated with the US government and military."
The indictment says the couple dated someone they believed was a Russian official but was actually an undercover FBI agent.
At a Baltimore hotel on August 17, Gabrielian told an undercover agent that "she is motivated by patriotism towards Russia to provide any help she can, even if it means being fired or incarcerated."
At the meeting, she volunteered to enlist her husband Henry in the scheme, who, among other things, has information about military aid the United States has provided to Ukraine.
Later that day, in another meeting, Henry told the undercover agent that he too was committed to Russia, even considering volunteering for the Russian army.
“What I see now in Ukraine is this: the United States is using Ukrainians as an intermediary to express their hatred of Russia,” Henry told the agent.
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Henry had some reservations about providing medical information, which the indictment violates the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), but Gabrielian didn't hesitate.
At the next meeting on August 24, she told the agent that her husband turned out to be a "coward" that he was worried about violating HIPAA, but she was breaking the law "constantly" and would make sure they could give Russia access to medical records.
By the end of the month, she had passed on information about current and former military officials and their spouses.
If found guilty, the defendants face a maximum sentence of five years in federal prison for conspiracy and a maximum of 10 years in federal prison for each count of disclosure.