Former pharmacy tech charged with fraud

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - A federal grand jury Wednesday indicted a Rainbow City woman for health care fraud totaling more than $359,000.

U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance, in a statement to FOX6 News, said Charlotte Turley, 52, was charged with four counts of health care fraud and seeks to have her forfeit $359,381 to the government.

Vance said Turley received more than $359,000 in illegal prescription reimbursements while working as a pharmacy technician at K-Mart store in East Gadsden. According to the indictment, Turley schemed to defraud Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama between June 2005 and July 2008. As a pharmacy technician, Turley entered insurance claim information into the store's computer system. She is charged with entering false information to reflect she received prescriptions that were never prescribed, and that she received reimbursements from Blue Cross and Blue Shield for the fake prescriptions.

"Fraud involving health care providers increases the overall costs of health care to everyone," Vance said. "This office will continue to prosecute anyone who seeks personal enrichment by stealing from health care providers."

If convicted, Turley faces maximum sentences of 10 years in prison and fines of up to $250,000 on each count.

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