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Healthcare Scam Costs K-Mart Tech 18 Months But Fraud Costs Everyone, Says United States Attorney

January 13, 2011

Charlotte Turley, a pharmacy technician who previously pled guilty to healthcare fraud, will spend a year and a half in prison and will repay $331,118 that she stole from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama through her fraudulent scheme. According to DoJ, her prior plea agreement described the fraud:

“[TURLEY] schemed to defraud Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama between June 2005 and July 2008 while she worked at a Gadsden K-Mart store. As a pharmacy technician, TURLEY entered insurance claim information for prescription drugs into the store’s computer system. TURLEY acknowledged in her plea agreement that she entered false information to reflect she received prescriptions that were never prescribed, and that she received reimbursements from Blue Cross and Blue Shield for the fake prescriptions.

United States Attorney Joyce Vance commented on the sentence, “When someone steals money intended to pay legitimate claims, it results in higher overall health insurance costs to everyone. We continue our vigilant watch for this type of crime.”

FraudBlawg previously reported on the case here and here.

To report healthcare fraud, contact Frohsin & Barger.

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