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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Maine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, April 30, 2018

Scarborough Woman Pleads Guilty to Health Care and Social Security Fraud

Portland, Maine:  United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that Carrie Caporino, 46, of Scarborough, Maine, pleaded guilty today to two counts of embezzlement from health care providers and one count of social security number fraud. 

According to court records, between 2014 and 2016, the defendant embezzled approximately $295,000 from a dental practice by making personal charges on office credit cards, using office funds to pay a personal credit card and her PayPal account, and by writing office checks to pay for personal expenses, including her rent.

In 2016 and 2017, the defendant worked for a Falmouth physician and embezzled approximately $253,000 by mobile depositing numerous checks made payable to her employer from patients and insurance into her personal bank accounts, and by writing office checks to herself that were not authorized by her employer.

The defendant also used a social security number that was not assigned to her on an application for health insurance when she worked for the dental practice.

The defendant faces up to ten years in jail on the embezzlement counts and up to five years on the social security count.  The maximum fine for each count is $250,000. 

She will be sentenced after the completion of a presentence report by the U.S. Probation Office.

The FBI and the U.S. Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General investigated this case.

Topic(s): 
Health Care Fraud
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Contact: 
James W. Chapman, Jr. Assistant United States Attorney Tel: (207) 780-3257
Updated May 1, 2018