FORMER OFFICE MANAGER SENTENCED IN FEDERAL COURT FOR FEDERAL HEALTH CARE OFFENSE
PATRICIA LANDRY, age 59, a resident of Reserve, LA, was sentenced today in federal court by U. S. District Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon to thirty-four ( 34) months imprisonment for embezzlement of health care funds, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten. In addition to the term of imprisonment, Judge Lemmon ordered that LANDRY pay restitution in the amount of $551,365.65, a special assessment of $100, and be placed on three (3) years of supervised release following the term of imprisonment, during which time the defendant will be under federal supervision and risks an additional term of imprisonment should she violate any terms of her supervised release.
According to court documents, LANDRY pled guilty on June 24, 2010 to embezzlement of health care funds. LANDRY was employed as an office manager at a medical practice in New Orleans, Louisiana, owned and operated by a local dermatologist. LANDRY would routinely keep cash payments, instead of depositing them into the account of the dermatologist. She also made electronic payments on her 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.
The case was investigated by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Patrice Harris Sullivan.
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