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Fairview Woman Admits Providing False Statements Relating to Health Care Matters

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 26, 2012

ERIE, Pa. - A resident of Fairview, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of false statements relating to health care matters, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Kristi Ayn Liebau, 39, pleaded guilty to fourteen counts before United States District Judge Sean J. McLaughlin.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that during the period from January 2008 through March 2011, Liebau submitted false claims to health care benefit programs (insurance plans), billing for different procedures than she had performed, up-coding claims to more expensive services, billing for medically unnecessary procedures, billing for procedures on teeth that were not present, billing for procedures that were not performed, and billing for an exorbitant number of procedures that could not have been performed in the allotted surgery time. In connection with the guilty plea, Liebau agreed to pay $288,528.89 in restitution to the health care benefit program.

Judge McLaughlin scheduled sentencing for February 13, 2013 at 1:30 p.m.. The law provides for a total sentence of 70 years in prison, a fine of $3,500,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Pending sentencing, the court released Liebau on bond.

Assistant United States Attorney Marshall J. Piccinini is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Liebau.

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