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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 11, 2013

Collin County Couple Arrested for Health Care Fraud Violations

SHERMAN, Texas – A Collin County, Texas, husband and wife have been arrested and charged with health care fraud violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today. 

John Mitchell Rutoskey, 59, and Gwenice Rutoskey , 54, were arrested early this morning at their McKinney, Texas, home without incident.  On Dec. 12, 2012, the Rutoskey’s were named in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury charging them with conspiracy to commit health care fraud, six counts of health care fraud, causing false representations in relation to federal health care programs, and two counts of money laundering.  The Rutoskey’s will make an initial appearance today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Amos Mazzant.

If convicted of these charges, the Rutoskey’s face up to 10 years in federal prison for each health care fraud and money laundering charge.  They face up to five years in federal prison for the charge of causing false representations in relation to federal health care fraud programs.

This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Texas Attorney General’s Office, and the McKinney Police Department.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney James Peacock.

Any individuals with knowledge of these or other health care fraud violations are encouraged to contact the Department of Health and Human Services’ fraud hotline at 1-800-HHS-TIPS (447-8477)

A grand jury indictment is not evidence of guilt.  All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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