FORMER EMPLOYEE OF PHYSICIAN CHARGED WITH HEALTH CARE FRAUD
JACQUELINE EVANS SEGURA, age 40, and a resident
of Mandeville, Louisiana, was charged in a one-count bill of information for health care fraud, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten.
SEGURA was employed as an office manager at a medical practice in Covington, Louisiana, owned and operated by a local plastic surgeon and a general surgeon. The bill of information charges that SEGURA used the on-line payroll system of the clinic to deposit unauthorized paychecks into her account, that she routinely kept cash payments instead of depositing them into the account of the clinic, that she added unauthorized telephone lines to the clinic’s mobile phone service account for her personal use, and that she used the physicians’ personal credit card to make unauthorized telephone and on-line purchases for her personal use.
If convicted, SEGURA faces a maximum term of imprisonment of ten (10) years, a fine of $250,000.00 and three (3) years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.
U. S. Attorney Letten reiterated that the bill of information is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U. S. Attorney Juliana Etland.
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