Former UCSF employee admits to misusing co-workers' intel 

A former employee of the University of California at San Francisco Medical Center admitted during a guilty plea in federal court in San Jose today to misusing the personal information of 382 co-workers in online surveys.

Cam Giang was accused of using birth dates and partial Social Security numbers to complete online health surveys and gain a $100 voucher for each survey completed.

He pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fogel today to one count of wire fraud and one count of misuse of a Social Security number on Jan. 18.

But U.S. Attorney Joseph Russoniello said that during the plea, Giang admitted to completing a total of 382 surveys with his fellow workers' information.

The surveys were conducted by StayWell Health Management Inc. of St. Paul, Minn.

UCSF employees were asked to enter their birth dates and the last six digits of their Social Security numbers in order to complete the survey and receive a $100 voucher as a reward.

Giang, who is free on $50,000 bail, will be sentenced by Fogel on Oct. 29.  

The two counts carry a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison, but the actual penalty will be determined after consideration of federal sentencing guidelines.

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