On Tuesday, United States Attorney Christopher P. Canova announced that a Marianna, Florida woman had been sentenced to six months in federal prison along with six months of home confinement. 44-year-old Melissa Moniz pled guilty to wire fraud in May of 2017. Moniz has been ordered to pay $41,813.77 in restitution to Gynecology and Obstetrics Associates in Tallahassee.
Moniz applied for employment with the Jackson County Hospital in December of 2012. The defendant made false claims about her medical management experience on her resume. In return, JCH hired Moniz based on those lies. Moniz encouraged the hospital to employ her company, “Billing and Collection Services” as a collections agency.
The defendant claimed that she knew the owner personally and had used them previously. She failed to tell the hospital that she actually owned the company. This caused JCH to employ the company. The misrepresentations and material omissions caused Moniz to fraudulently acquire $26,775.01 from Jackson County Hospital.
In August of 2014, Gynecology and Obstetrics Associates hired a firm to perform an audit on all financial activities. The audit uncovered that GOA’s manager, who happened to be Moniz’s sister, embezzled roughly $1.5 million from GOA between March 2007 and April 2013. It was also discovered that Moniz’s sister was using GOA money to pay Moniz and Billing and Collection Services to conduct collection services.
While the services were paid for, the services were never performed. The office manager wrote the checks out to “BCBS” to make it appear that they were paying Blue Cross Blue Shield. However, the money was actually being given to Moniz. The checks, which were deposited in Moniz’s BCS bank account, totaled to $116,813.77.
Again, 44-year-old Melissa Moniz of Marianna, Florida has been sentenced to six months in prison followed by six months of home confinement.