Feds want FBI to provide Dimora's insurance info

3:40 PM, Jun 13, 2012   |    comments
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AKRON -- Federal prosecutors are asking U.S. District Court Judge Sara Lioi to "authorize" the U.S. government to release a document seized during the July 28, 2008 FBI/IRS raids in the Cuyahoga County corruption probe to the U.S. Marshals Service.

They want the FBI to release a document it seized during the raid of former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora's home in Independence.

"Information contained in those documents included health care insurance information....providing the name of the health insurance provider, the group number and the member number to the United States Marshal."

Federal prosecutors say that Dimora's attorneys said that information was protected by HIPPA laws and Lioi's protective order.

Dimora, 56, was convicted on 33 of 34 counts on March 9 and immediately taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals and has been confined to the Ohio Correctional Center in Youngstown.

On May 4, he fell and spent three days in St. Elizabeth Hospital.

The request reads "According to the Marshal Service, Dimora refused to provide his health insurance information. The Marshal Service was subsequently billed for the medical services provided."

"While the United States is confident that the disclosure of such health insurance information from the FBI to the United States Marshal Service does not violate either HIPPA, 42 U.S.C. § 1320 or the protective order, in an abundance of caution, the United States seeks this Court's authorization to release Dimora's health insurance information to the United States Marshal."

Dimora has asked Lioi to be released from federal custody until his scheduled sentencing on July 25. Dimora has also appealed Lioi's original denial of his release to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Neither Lioi nor the appeals court has ruled.


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