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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Rhode Island

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Rhode Island Physicians Group Employee Indicted on Extortion Charges

Randy Lutz IndictmentPROVIDENCE – Randy Lutz, 35, of Providence, a former employee of a non-profit physicians group located in Providence, R.I., was indicted by a federal grand jury on Tuesday on charges that he allegedly demanded $25,000 in extortion payments for the return of digital media devices onto which he downloaded and took home private patient data and employee data belonging to the physicians group, without the knowledge and authorization of the physicians group.

 

It is alleged in the indictment that Lutz’s extortion demands were made in a series of emails, text messages and telephone calls to executives, board members and employees of the physicians group after his employment with the physicians group was terminated on May 3, 2017.

 

 The indictment of Randy Lutz is announced by Acting United States Attorney Stephen G. Dambruch and Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Boston Division.

 

On July 20, 2017, during an investigation by the FBI and the United States Attorney’s Office into this matter, FBI agents and FBI Task Force officers executed a court authorized search of Lutz’s residence. During the search, several thumb drives, a laptop computer and cell phone were seized. Some of the devices allegedly contained private patient data and employee data belonging to the physicians group.

 

According to information presented to the court, it is alleged that after the search of Lutz’s residence was completed and members of law enforcement left the residence, Lutz telephoned an officer of the physicians group and emailed a high-ranking officer at Lifespan to further discuss the matter.

 

An indictment is merely an allegation and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Lutz was charged in this matter by way of a federal criminal complaint on July 24, 2017.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Terrence P. Donnelly.

Acting United States Attorney Stephen G. Dambruch and Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Boston Division acknowledge and thank the Providence Police Department for their assistance in the investigation of this matter.

 

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Jim Martin (401) 709-5357 email: USARI.Media@usdoj.gov on Twitter @USAO_RI
Press Release Number: 
17-96
Updated August 16, 2017