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Judge orders Flowers Hospital thief to stay behind bars despite abuse claim
Ken Curtis

A federal judge has denied a request for a man convicted of stealing patients’ personal information from Flowers Hospital to complete his prison sentence in home confinement. Kamarian Millender cited mistreatment by prison personnel and the need to become more involved in other criminal cases as reasons he should be released from a Louisiana prison. “I have not been able to have my unmonitored phone calls to my attorney's, since I have been at Oakdale Institution. My constitutional prison rights have been violated,” Millender wrote in a letter to the court. He also claims he was unduly punished by a staff member of the prison that resulted in him being placed a Special Housing Unit, commonly referred to as “the hole.” While Millender has served about half of his two-year federal term, he faces sentencing January 28 in Henry County on similar state charges. Millender is accused of stealing personal information from patient files submitted to the lab at Flowers Hospital while he was employed there. Investigators say the information was likely sold to others then used to file fraudulent income tax returns. The hospital apparently didn’t know of the thefts believed to have occurred several until a routine traffic stop near Headland in February, 2014. Former Henry County deputy Aaron Kincaid said he discovered the stolen documents in Millender’s car. Meanwhile, a request by Millender to reconsider other aspects of his case was referred to a magistrate judge as a civil matter.

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