DOJ Seal Department of Justice  
United States Attorney John M. Bales
Eastern District of Texas

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2009            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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LINDALE WOMAN SENTENCED FOR MAIL FRAUD

            TYLER, TX – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that a 62-year-old Lindale, Texas woman has been sentenced to federal prison for mail fraud in the Eastern District of Texas. 

            BRENDA BAYS pleaded guilty on June 22, 2009, to an Information charging her with mail fraud and was sentenced today to 21 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Michael H. Schneider.  Bays was also ordered to pay $175,744.96 in restitution.

            According to information presented in court, Bays admitted that while she was employed by HealthFirst TPA, she altered computer records so that she would receive claims payments at her home.  Bays would then forge the claimants' name and deposit the checks into her personal bank account.  

            This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank Coan.

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