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Mt. Vernon Woman Sentenced to 30 Months for Health Care Fraud

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of South Dakota

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced a Mt. Vernon, South Dakota, woman was sentenced on March 16, 2020, by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier.

Nancy Tingle, age 54, of, was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison as a result of her conviction for Health Care Fraud.  Following her release from custody, Tingle will serve 3 years of supervised release.  She was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $462,811.55 and a special assessment of $100.

According to court documents, between on or about 2012 and continuing until the Fall of 2018, Tingle worked as the business office manager at Firesteel Healthcare Community in Mitchell, South Dakota.  Tingle defrauded Firesteel Healthcare Community out of Medicaid funds intended for Firesteel Healthcare Community.  She knew that she was not authorized to receive the funds and fraudulently used them for personal items and expenditures.  The loss attributable to Tingle’s fraudulent conduct exceeded $467,000.  She also failed to pay taxes on the taxable income that she obtained through fraud, resulting in over $100,000 in unpaid taxes. 

The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Office of the Inspector General, Office of Investigations.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeremy Jehangiri.

Tingle was released on bond and ordered to self-surrender to the U.S. Marshals Service to begin her sentence in 60 days.

Updated March 18, 2020