Former hospital employee helped Detroit gang silence witnesses

- A former hospital employee is headed to prison for helping a gang member try to silence witnesses in Detroit.

According to federal investigators, Jamerio Clark tapped into private patient information to keep gunshot victims from talking.

One instance of inside information from cancer patients is said to be connected to a 2015 crime scene in Detroit..

It has been more than a year since that shooting took place on the front porch of a house on Cathedral Street that sent three to the hospital. Those victims moved on shortly after that shooting back in May of 2015.

"Yeah, that happened real close to home," said Willie Darden.

Willie Darden remembers it well. Gang members from the Vice Lords gang approached the house and got out with an AK-47 and opened fire - hitting a mom, and her two adult sons on the porch.

"That shouldn't have happened," Darden said. "We need to get rid of some of the gangs and all the things that are going on in the community. We need to stick together."

The gang knew exactly where their target was, thanks to a non-gang member - Clark - working on the inside.

"When you hear something like that it makes you think about a movie or something like that, where a gangster gets a hold of one person who gets a hold of another," Darden said. "And they find the people they want."

Jamerio Clark was just convicted in federal court for supplying his brother with confidential information on patients from his work, the Karmanos Cancer Center. Clark's brother is a leader in the Vice Lords known as "Cheeto."

Dr. Gerold Bepler, president and CEO of the institute released this statement:  "The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center was informed earlier today that justice has been served in the federal investigation against one of its former employees.

"Mr. Clark was immediately suspended during an internal hospital investigation and subsequently dismissed for unauthorized access to medical records.

"We applaud all local and federal law enforcement officials for ensuring crimes such as Mr. Clark's do not go unpunished."

As it would turn out, the U.S. Attorney's office says those victims in the 2015 shooting on Cathedral were trying to leave the gang life behind when they were hit and injured.

"You have to have a way to get out without worrying about retaliation," Darden said. "This hood mentality that we have has to stop. We have got to start respecting each other. It's got to start somewhere."


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