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This is more than a HIPAA violation (actually HIPAA only prevents disclosure of personal health information), it is quite possibly the crime of financial abuse of the elderly or mentally infirm and you need to contact the adult protection services as well as the state's attorney's office. Additionally, you need to get an attorney to represent Ed and you need to have them sue not only the attendant, but also the facility that he works for since their employee had no business taking property from a patient who was not mentally competent or stable at the time.
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