TEXAS COUPLE SENTENCED FOR CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT HEALTH CARE FRAUD
MELANIE NEWMAN, age 25, and her husband, MICHAEL ANTHONY GOODLOE, JR., age 28, both of Carrollton, Texas, were sentenced today in federal court by U. S. District Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon for their roles in a health care fraud conspiracy, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten. Specifically, NEWMAN was sentenced to twenty-four (24) months in prison and GOODLOE was sentenced to eighteen (18) months in prison to be followed by six (6) months of home confinement. Both defendants were ordered to serve three (3) years supervised release following imprisonment during which time they will be under federal supervision and risk additional imprisonment should they violate the terms of the supervision. In addition, NEWMAN was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $152,915.04 and GOODLOE in the amount of $103,325 to the Medical Center of Louisiana Foundation. 10/21
According to court documents, both defendants pled guilty on October 21, 2010. NEWMAN admitted that, as a bookkeeper employed at the Medical Center of Louisiana Foundation, she 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 further admitted that she also gave forged checks to GOODLOE who had no legitimate business with the Foundation. During the conspiracy, NEWMAN and GOODLOE took approximately $220,603.65, some of which was retrieved by the Foundation.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Patrice Harris Sullivan.
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