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New York Doc Planted Spy Cams in ICU Restroom to Catch Alleged Druggie Coworker

Cyber espionage; Insider attack; Unauthorized use of employer’s data

Jeffrey Gould, 32, is accused of hiding two cameras in a bathroom of Crouse Hospital in Syracuse.

The pair of “spy pens” were found in a unisex bathroom located in the facility’s intensive care unit. One camera was taped to the ridge of a trash can and the other was on a toilet paper dispenser.

A defense attorney said that Gould hid the cameras to catch a person who he says stole his GoPro camera and the prescription drug Adderall from a bag he had left in a conference room of the ICU.

Gould had the spy pens delivered overnight and set them up in the bathroom.

“Neither of the hidden cameras was ever pointed at the toilet, and no identifiable people can be seen in the videos until the cameras are discovered,” Syracuse.com reports. A news reporter viewed the images.

None of the footage showed anyone's private areas.

“Gould got the idea for the hidden cameras from his former work as a television investigative reporter, a job he'd held for three years before going to medical school,” according to Syracuse.com.

When detectives first questioned Gould in his Syracuse apartment, he denied placing the cameras in the bathroom.

While examining the contents of the two cameras, a computer forensics detective found a video showing the inside of an apartment.

A police officer recognized it as Gould's apartment and confronted Gould about it.

"Game over, you win," Gould told the officer.

The doctor admitted what he had done.

Gould believed that the thief was possibly a fellow co-worker and that he would catch him using his Adderall in the restroom.

"Gould said he realizes that this was a very stupid move on his part," a police report states. "He wanted (another detective) and I to know that he is not a pervert."

sector

Healthcare and Public Health

reported

April 20, 2016

reported by

Syracuse.com

number affected

Unknown

location of breach

New York, United States

perpetrators

Employee

location of perpetrators

New York, United States

date breach occurred

Between Feb. 28 and March 8, 2016

date breach detected

March 01, 2016