FORMER OFFICE MANAGER PLEADS GUILTY IN FEDERAL COURT
PATRICIA LANDRY, age 59, a resident of Reserve, Louisiana, pled guilty in federal court yesterday before U. S. District Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon to a federal felony involving embezzlement from a health care benefit plan operated by a local dermatologist, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten today.
According to court documents, LANDRY was employed as an office manager at a medical practice in New Orleans, Louisiana, owned and operated by a local dermatologist. LANDRY was charged with routinely keeping cash payments, instead of depositing them into the account of the dermatologist, and made electronic payments on her various credit card accounts by taking the funds deposited into the account of the dermatologist. LANDRY admitted that she took approximately $551,355 of health care benefit plan funds in the embezzlement scheme.
LANDRY faces a maximum term of imprisonment of ten (10) years, a $250,000 fine, and a three (3) year term of supervised release following any term of imprisonment. Sentencing has been scheduled for September 23, 2010.
The case was investigated by Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The prosecution is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Patrice Harris Sullivan, the Health Care Fraud Coordinator in the Financial Crimes Unit.
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