Texas man pleads guilty to fraud scheme involving sale of Cerner MRI

A man who allegedly participated in a fraud scheme in which he claimed to work for health technology vendor Cerner pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court, reports The Kansas City Star.

The Texas man, David Tayce, admitted his involvement with a group that, since 2008, pretended to be Cerner employees to conduct fraudulent business transactions and solicit investors, according to the report.

Mr. Tayce was charged in federal court in February 2015 for selling Dallas Medical Center an MRI worth approximately $1.3 million. The hospital wired the money to the bank account, but the installation of the MRI was never completed. Hospital employees then contacted Cerner for assistance, but the vendor said it never sold an MRI to Dallas Medical Center, thus bringing the fraudulent activity to light.

Mr. Tayce and his co-conspirators created a business entity named Cerner LLC, opened a bank account for the entity and created an online domain. According to a plea agreement, "Tayce admits that he…and others developed a scheme to use fictitious employees from Cerner Corporation to communicate with others."

Mr. Tayce is currently free on bond pending his sentence, according to the report.

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