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New Jersey Woman Admits To Defrauding Insurance Company Out Of Six-Figure Sum

Loreta Fontanilla Was Seeking Reimbursement For Care For Husband

TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A Piscataway, N.J., woman has admitted to stealing nearly $170,000 from a health insurance company, by falsifying invoices seeking reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses for care for her ailing husband.

Loreta Fontanilla, 72, pleaded guilty Friday to theft by deception. She faces three years in prison when she is sentenced Sept. 16.

Fontanilla admitted that between January 2005 and December 2010, she stole $169,900 by submitting 71 falsified independent care provider invoices to her insurer for health care services allegedly provided to her husband.

An investigation by the state’s Insurance Fraud Prosecutor’s office determined Fontanilla “substantially overstated” the number of hours of nursing care provided to her husband and the amount that she paid the nurses.

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