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July 17, 2007 - United States Attorney Patrick L. Meehan today announced that an indictment* was returned charging three family members with conspiring to, and carrying out a mail fraud scheme, in connection with submitting fraudulent Fen-Phen claims. Cheryl Barnett, Vernon Barnett and Nelia Bee were charged with conspiring to commit mail fraud in connection with their submission for each of them of a Fen-Phen claim and with Cheryl Barnett’s filing of a Fen-Phen lawsuit. The indictment charges one count in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1349 and eight counts in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1341. These charges arise out of claims that the three Texas residents filed between May 2002 and May 2005 with the American Home Product Settlement Trust in Philadelphia.



AGE [Date of Birth]

Cheryl Barnett
San Antonio, TX
47 years old
Vernon Barnett
San Antonio, TX
44 years old
Nelia Bee
San Antonio, TX
68 years old

If convicted the defendants face maximum possible sentences of 20 years per count, 5 years of supervised release, $250,000 fine and $100 special assessment per count.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and has been assigned to AUSA Paul G. Shapiro.

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*An Indictment or Information is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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