Ex-UPMC supervisor indicted in fraud case

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A former supervisor in the claims department at Pittsburgh-based UPMC has been indicted for healthcare fraud for allegedly submitting 156 false statements on the UPMC system, according to the Department of Justice.

Francine Ann Priestas was named as the sole defendant in the 11-count indictment. However, "others known to the grand jury" were involved in the scheme.

Ms. Priestas allegedly generated billing statements which falsely represented that she and others received medical services. She allegedly received $184,835 for the false claims she submitted.

Ms. Priestas faces a maximum of 210 years in prison, a fine of nearly $2.8 million or both.

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