Smyth County

Fraud sentencing for former EMS member

SALTVILLE, Va. - A former Saltville rescue squad member was sentenced to two years probation after pleading guilty to conspiring to commit health care fraud.

Monica Hicks entered that plea in June and was sentenced yesterday in U.S. district court in Abingdon.

She also must pay one-hundred dollars a month in restitution.
Prosecutors say she fraudulently obtained over $750,000 from insurers.

Last week, the squad's former president, Eddie Louthian, Sr., was convicted of health care fraud and perjury. Prosecutors say he and Hicks billed insurers for taking patients who did not qualify for the service.

The same jury acquitted the rescue squad as a corporation.

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