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FORMER WELLS FARGO TPA EMPLOYEE SENTENCED ON FEDERAL WIRE FRAUD CHARGES

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A former Wells Fargo Third Party Administrators, Inc. (Wells Fargo TPA) employee was sentenced today to six months in prison and six months home confinement with electronic monitoring by United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr. on wire fraud charges.  Pamela Carpenter, 42, of Charleston, admitted that beginning in or about July 2009 and continuing to June 2010, she fabricated 28 fraudulent medical insurance claims for policy holders of two business clients of Wells Fargo TPA.  At the time, Carpenter was employed by Wells Fargo TPA as a supervisory claims examiner and was responsible for managing medical insurance claims accounts of two of the corporation’s business clients.  Carpenter admitted that she recruited other known individuals located at Wells Fargo TPA’s North Carolina corporate branch to cash fraudulently issued claims checks.  The defendant also admitted that she intercepted the fraudulently issued claims checks and mailed the checks to North Carolina.  The known individuals involved in the scheme then negotiated the checks for cash and shared the proceeds with the defendant. 

Carpenter admitted to receiving a share of the fraudulent proceeds through wire transfer from North Carolina to West Virginia and other locations via Western Union and MoneyGram, including the receipt of $1200 on May, 18, 2010 at a location in South Charleston, West Virginia, which was sent via MoneyGram on May 17, 2010 from Greenville, North Carolina.  Carpenter further admitted that she processed fraudulent claims checks in the total amount of $60,816.37, a portion of which were negotiated causing a loss of $49,932.37 to Wells Fargo, TPA. 

The Court ordered the defendant to pay restitution in the amount of $49,932.37.

This case was investigated by the United States Secret Service.  Assistant United States Attorney Susan Robinson handled the prosecution. 

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