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Tampa divorce case turns ugly after husband accuses wife of illegally accessing medical records

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A Tampa General nurse is being accused of illegally disclosing patient records to gain an advantage in her contentious divorce settlement.

Angela Marie Downing, 38, formerly known as Angela Hassey, is being sued by her ex-husband, Michael Todd “Mike” Hassey, a 42-year-old Apollo Beach resident who claims Angela accessed his medical records.

The records were allegedly used maliciously to portray Hassey in a negative light during their negotiations.

In October 2012, the couple filed for divorce. A final judgment was made nearly two years later.

The suit, filed Nov. 30, 2016, claims that Downing accessed Hassey’s medical records on three occasions: once in 2012 and twice in 2014.

On Jan. 16, 2014, Downing filed an Emergency for Temporary Relief in the divorce case. In it, she claimed Hassey was using steroids.

Mike Hassey seeks damages for medical expenses, past and future loss of earnings, pain and suffering, mental anguish, embarrassment, injury to his reputation, and attorney’s fees and costs. Downing and Tampa General are being sued on four counts total.

From 2012 to 2014, BayLawsuits reports the ex-couple filed nearly 10 lawsuits against one another for various accusations of stalking and domestic abuse.

In a 2014 petition for stalking, Downing accused Hassey of sending hundreds of texts with profanity. She while sitting outside her boyfriend’s lounge, Hassey would pull in across the street to spy on them.

In another incident, Angela said Hassey went to her boyfriend’s house, sitting in the driveway.

On Oct. 22, 2014, Hassey allegedly stared at Downing with a gun in his hand, which led to her filing the petition.

Hassey was arrested  March 13, 2013, for violating a domestic violation injunction. Less than a month later, April 5, 2013, he was arrested again, this time for contributing to the delinquency or dependency of a child.

The couple has a daughter together. A post-judgment family law litigation followed the divorce to address custody of their child.

Hassey is the man behind the Mustang Mikes auto shop at 10044 Gibsonton Dr. in Tampa.

As an employee of Tampa General, Downing is responsible for following the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. HIPAA is the U.S. law protecting the privacy of patients’ medical records and health information provided by all health care providers.

Tampa General is at 1 Tampa General Circle.

 

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