LA Woman Implicated In Stealing & Selling Celebrities’ Medical Info
Los Angeles: Lawanda Jackson is the LA woman, who has been implicated in the theft of medical records for "Charlie's Angels" star Farrah Fawcett, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's wife, California First Lady Maria Shriver, and some 60 other celebrities and selling them to the media. She has been indicted on federal charges.
Former low-level administrative specialist at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, the 49-year-old Lawanda Jackson was charged in an indictment unsealed on Tuesday with illegally obtaining medical information for sale. Although the celebrities, who Jackson was accused of snooping on, were not named in the indictment, the snooper was linked with burgling the records of Schwarzenegger's wife, Maria Shriver, and Fawcett.
Jackson was indicted on April 9 on a charge of obtaining individually identifiable health information for commercial advantage. The reps of actress Farrah Fawcett alleged that Jackson leaked personal information about her battle with cancer to the National Enquirer.
Jackson, in an interview, defended her deeds saying that she pried into the records because she was "just being nosy", but hadn't "leaked" the private information to anyone else. When asked, why she stole the records of so many patients, including Fawcett and Shriver, she said, "Clearly I made a mistake; let's put it like that. I didn't leak anything or anything like that. It wasn't for money or anything. It was just looking."
But the indictment that was handed down by a U.S. District Court grand jury accused her of accepting $4,600 from an unnamed "national media outlet" in exchange for the information.
According to the indictment, Jackson had an agreement with the media outlet to obtain information on celebrity patients in exchange for money. She received at least $4,600 in the form of checks from the outlet, payable to her husband. The agreement lasted from around 2006 until at least May 21, 2007, according to the indictment.
Jackson, if convicted, faces a potential sentence of 10 years in federal prison. She is expected to be arraigned on the felony count on June 9 in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. The case was handled by the FBI.