Greensburg Woman Pleads Guilty to Health Care Fraud
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Westmoreland County, Pa., pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of health care fraud, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.
Diane S. Bundy, 38, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Terrence F. McVerry.
In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that from December 2008 to October 2011, Bundy forged prescriptions for Schedule III and Schedule IV drugs, presented them to pharmacies using the identities of other persons whose insurance provided by UPMC For You, UPMC Health Plan, First Energy Corporation, Gateway Health Plan, Coventry Health Plan and Highmark insurance companies paid for the fraudulent and forged prescriptions.
Judge McVerry scheduled sentencing for March 22, 2012. The law provides for a total sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
Assistant United States Attorney Nelson P. Cohen is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Pennsylvania State Police (Greensburg and Uniontown Stations), and the Greensburg Police Department conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Bundy.