FORMER EMPLOYEE AND HUSBAND INDICTED FOR CONSPIRACY, HEALTH CARE FRAUD AND FORGED SECURITES
MELANIE NEWMAN, age 25, and MICHAEL ANTHONY GOODLOE, JR., age 28, both of Carrollton, Texas, were charged in a 34-count indictment by a Federal Grand Jury with conspiracy, health care fraud and uttering forged securities, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten.
According to the indictment, NEWMAN was employed at the Medical Center of Louisiana Foundation (Foundation) as a bookkeeper. NEWMAN created and forged Foundation checks to pay for personal items and expenses, such as her wedding to GOODLOE, payment of student loans and to purchase automobiles. NEWMAN also gave forged checks to GOODLOE who had no legitimate business with the Foundation. In this manner, NEWMAN and GOODLOE took approximately $220,603.65.
NEWMAN faces a maximum term of imprisonment of three hundred thirty-five (335) years, fines of $8,500,000.00 and three (3) years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment. GOODLOE faces a maximum term of imprisonment of two hundred five (205) years, fines of $5,250,000 and three (3) years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.
U. S. Attorney Letten reiterated that the indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
The case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Patrice Harris Sullivan.
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