CONCORD – A Northfield woman has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to health-care fraud.
Misty Maciejewski, 35, was charged with the theft of more than $29,000 from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Health Administration, Acting U.S. Attorney Donald Feith said in a statement released to the news media yesterday.
Maciejewski is schedule to be sentenced on Sept. 28. She is facing sentence of up to 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.
In an application for health benefits Maciejewski submitted to the VHA on Oct. 3, 2012, she falsely claimed to be a veteran of the Army and that she was honorably discharged after serving in combat. The application was mistakenly approved by the VHA due to an administrative error.
While living in Massachusetts after the application was approved, Maciejewski fraudulently received VHA benefits totaling $8,154.58 which were paid to a half-way house in Boston and applied to medical services she received from the VA hospital in Boston.
After Maciejewski moved to Northfield in July 2013, she fraudulently received VHA benefits totaling $21,287.55 which were paid to non-VA medical services providers and applied to medical services she received from the VA hospital in Manchester, the U.S. Attorney's office said.
"Veteran benefits programs exist to provide services needed by those who have put on the uniform in defense of our country," Feith stated. "Our office will continue to work with the Department of Veterans Affairs to identify, investigate, and prosecute those who seek to defraud these programs and thus deprive true veterans of the funds they need."
The case was investigated by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Criminal Investigation Division and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Kinsella.
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