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Former Physician’s Office Employee Charged in Fraud Scheme

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Tennessee

Memphis, TN – A federal grand jury returned an indictment against a former data entry clerk for Crescent Medical Corporation, U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant for the Western District of Tennessee announced today.

According to the indictment, Gloria Harris, 55, was employed as a data entry clerk at Crescent Medical Corporation, which was solely owned by Dr. Ahsan Kathawala. The indictment alleges that between January 2016 and March 2017, Harris fraudulently obtained $292,500 by stealing checks payable to Crescent and depositing them to bank accounts at Trustmark Bank and Suntrust Bank which she had fraudulently opened in the name of Crescent without Dr. Kathawala’s knowledge or authorization.

In addition to the bank fraud charge associated with the scheme to deposit the stolen checks, the indictment also alleges that Harris fraudulently used Social Security Numbers which did not belong to her to update a residential apartment lease and to open bank accounts at Trustmark and Suntrust.

Harris faces up to 30 years’ imprisonment; a one million dollar fine and 5 years supervised release on the bank fraud charge. Each charge of fraudulent use of Social Security Number carries a maximum penalty of 5 years’ imprisonment; a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release.

This case was investigated by the United States Secret Service Economic Crimes Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorney Carroll L. Andre’ III is prosecuting this case on the government’s behalf.

Updated December 12, 2017