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Ex-Va. rescue squad member sentenced in fraud case

Tuesday - 9/25/2012, 9:53am  ET

ABINGDON, Va. (AP) - A former Saltville Rescue Squad member will spend two years on probation for her role in a health care fraud scheme.

Monica Hicks also must pay $100 per month in restitution to help pay off $757,258 fraudulently obtained from insurers.

The Bristol Herald Courier says Hicks was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Abingdon. She pleaded guilty in June to conspiracy to commit health care fraud.

Last week, a federal jury convicted the squad's former president, Eddie Louthian Sr., on health care fraud and perjury charges. Louthian was acquitted of money laundering charges.

The jury also acquitted the rescue squad as a corporation.

Prosecutors say Louthian and Hicks fraudulently billed insurers for transporting patients who didn't qualify for the service.

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Information from: Bristol Herald Courier, http://www.bristolnews.com


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