OAKLAND -- More than 4,500 people who have used Sutter Health medical centers in the East Bay may have had their identities compromised after narcotics investigators working an Oakland methamphetamine bust last month found personal patient information, police said Friday.

The Alameda County Sheriff's office recently alerted Sutter Health that thieves had stolen information from patients who had been seen at either Alta Bates Summit in Oakland, Sutter Delta in Antioch or Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley.

Stacey Wells, a Sutter Health spokeswoman, ¿said officials can't disclose how or where the information was obtained because of the ongoing investigation.

Sheriff's Sgt. J.D. Nelson said Antonio Lambaren, a 35-year-old felon, and Alicia Reynoso, whose age was not available, were arrested during the drug bust on 53rd Avenue in Oakland on May 16.

Sutter Health officials said the stolen information may include: a patient's name, Social Security number, date of birth, gender, address, ZIP code, home phone number, marital status, name of employer and work phone number.

Sutter officials have notified the patients whose information was illegally obtained and have offered them free credit monitoring services.

Patients who believe they have been affected should call 1-888-414-8020 weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. and enter the 10 digit reference number 2789053113 when prompted.


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