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Ohio woman pleads guilty in federal court to defrauding Huntington medical practice

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of West Virginia

Huntington, W. Va.- United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced today that Teresa Lewis, 60, of South Point, Ohio, pleaded guilty in federal court in Huntington to two felony offenses.

Lewis was a billing assistant in the Huntington Retina Center, a medical practice specializing in the treatment of vision disorders, eye injuries, and eye diseases.  From 2012 to 2014, Lewis used her position to gain access to credit cards issued to the practice and an associated physician.  Lewis used the credit cards to buy personal items and pay personal expenses of more than $50,000.

Lewis faces a total of 20 years in prison and up to a $500,000 fine when she is sentenced on June 1, 2015.  As part of her plea agreement, Lewis has agreed to pay $52,317 in restitution.

Chief United States District Court Judge Robert C. Chambers presided over the guilty plea.

The United States Postal Inspection Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Huntington Police Department are conducting the investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Erik S. Goes is responsible for the prosecution.

Updated March 2, 2015