June 10, 2009
Mom Imprisoned for Posting HIV Patient’s Medical Info Online
A 22-year-old mother of three has been sentenced to a year in prison for posting the medical records of an HIV-positive woman online, Hawaii’s KGMB9 reports. She will also serve five years of probation and 200 days of community service.
According to the article, while working at the Straub Clinic in Honolulu as a clerical assistant in 2007, Rhonda Wong-Fernandez accessed the medical records of a woman she had a dispute with and posted the confidential information on MySpace. While the defense asked for no jail time, deputy prosecutor Chris Van Marter wanted Fernandez to serve a month behind bars. Judge Randy Lee disagreed and felt that a harsher punishment was necessary.
“We are not talking about someone talking stink about someone,” Lee said. “We are talking about something very sacred to someone.”
Van Marter read one of the several comments aloud in court. “She said quote, ‘No wonder she’s so pale. She’s dying of AIDS. Poor thing, she has HIV. That’s why she’s hating.’ And she ends the comment by saying, “I hope she dies.’”
Wong-Fernandez’s defense attorney requested to delay the imprisonment so that she can continue breast feeding her 5-month-old infant and arrange child care for her other children. The request was denied.
In April, the unnamed patient died of a brain tumor.
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Who what where why?, Greenleaf, 2009-06-27 12:34:28
what the heck ONLY a year....Rhonda should have been sentenced for alot longer than that....these where the womans personal/private health records. I commend the judge for his actions.
Snapp, Philadelphia, 2009-06-24 16:25:11
Rhonda is one bitter woman to deliberatly hurt another person for NO reason, just like road rage or hospital rage. It is against the law and she should be made accountable for het actions
SEXYLATINA, CHICAGO, 2009-06-22 21:27:52
that bitch is wrong for posting confidential information.She does not know what people with the virus go through.SHE DESERVES TO BE PUNISH GOOD THAT LONG OR LONGER.
caring one, Danville, 2009-06-19 13:16:31
I don't think a year is long enough for what she did.What if it was her.how in the hell does she think she should be able to get her affairs in order before going on lock down. do she really think shes that special i don't think so.
Angela, Minnesota, 2009-06-17 04:26:36
While I realize this won't be well received I think we all need to think back to when we were 22. While this woman's actions were indefensible and pure venom, she is only 22. I did some things in my early 20's that I am not particularly proud of but at that age you don't always think things all the way through. I believe she should be punished but a year in prison seems a bit harsh. She should have to provide education on HIV/AIDS sensitivity and service to those that need help.
larry in phoenix, phoenix, 2009-06-16 14:07:22
Having a hate opionion is protected, but, not stating or posting a medical record, one with serious implications if posted, and when that posting violates the confidentiality agreement by the offender. The judge is right on to enforce imprisonment for such a violation as though it was a mugging or assault. The offender knew better as she deals with confidentiality agreements every day and decided to break hers, and put the clinic in jeopardy, we do get punnished for our pulic stupidities.
Angelique, Honolulu, 2009-06-15 18:10:51
I agree that one year in jail was not enough.
Her victim passed away this past April. IMHO, if the victim had lived, the judge might have given that Worthless Collection of Fetid Molecules a longer jail sentence. On some of the local news websites, there are morons who support this woman and don't think what she did was all that bad. Unbelievable. I wonder how her supporters would like it if their private medical history was posted online for the entire world to see.
Penni C, , 2009-06-15 09:20:56
She deserves more than a year! After it being posted it can never be taken back. If the person was not public with her status someone posting it could ruin her life.I would have suggested more jail time and never working in the health care profession again.
Angelique, Honolulu, 2009-06-15 06:07:25
I'm from Hawaii and was horrified by this woman's actions, not only because I've lost friends to AIDS, but because of the sheer cruelty of her actions. The victim's attorney is filing a civil suit against her and Straub Clinic. Wong-Fernandez is an example of an evil, stupid, vicious, corrupt individual. I hope she suffers in jail.
pauline, , 2009-06-15 03:30:47
i'm glad that judge gave her that punishment. what sheer spite. i hope it sets a precedent
Larry, San Antonio, 2009-06-13 19:42:58
How quick everyone is to judge, many without reading the entire article and all after only hearing one side of the story. But then we are all perfect, it's everyone else who's not. But then who are we?
Bill, Long Beach, 2009-06-13 17:22:50
Such hatred and rage. Now the victim could be subjected to harassment by vile anti-gay people that don't want HIV/AIDS people in their neighborhoods.
We still live in the Dark Ages because churches instill this type of brain matter into their masses.
The purp needs her head examined for posting confidential info.
The purp and clinic should both be sued. The girl was under their employment so they are equally liable for their employee's actions.
God, save us from your followers!!
passionatelover39, Houston, 2009-06-13 11:45:17
Good for the judge, but one year is not near enough time, she should have been charged w/domestic terrorism and done time at Super Max. Her 200 hrs should be done at an hiv/aids clinic and all the people there should know why she is there.
mark, vancouver, 2009-06-12 10:52:27
I hope that woman sues for millions....all her meds will be easily afforded, and a long happy life while that skank rots in prison.
Chris, Denver, 2009-06-12 00:18:48
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Kudoos to the Judge!!! It so nice to hear that there is acutal justice in this world. I agree that her childen are better off without the negative influence of such a poor excuse for a mother.
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