Orrington woman arrested, charged with health care fraud

Posted Oct. 13, 2010, at 3:28 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — An Orrington woman made her first appearance Wednesday afternoon in U.S. District Court on charges of health care fraud after being arrested earlier in the day.

Dawn Grover, 37, worked from June 2006 to March 2009 for a Bangor medical practice that specialized in gynecology, according to court documents, and was responsible for billing. In 2008, Grover allegedly submitted fake bills to insurance companies naming her son as the patient for services he did not receive.

Between December 2007 and January 2009 Grover wrote herself “bonus” checks from the medical practice, according to court documents. Those payments allegedly totaled more than $20,000.

Grover is charged with two counts of health care fraud.

She did not enter a plea Wednesday.

In an unusual move, federal prosecutors have asked that Grover be held without bail because she is a flight risk, according to court documents. The reasons she might be a flight risk are not outlined in court documents.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Margaret Kravchuk ordered that Grover be held without bail until Friday, when a detention hearing will be held in federal court in Portland to accommodate the judge’s schedule.

“It is unusual in this situation with these charges for the government to be requesting detention,” Kravchuk said Wednesday.

A time for that hearing had not been set late Wednesday.

Grover was arrested at a state probation office in Bangor on a warrant dated Oct. 7, according to court documents.

She is being held at the Penobscot County Jail pending the outcome of her detention hearing.

Information about why she might be on probation was not available Wednesday.

If convicted, Grover faces up to 10 years in federal prison and could be ordered to pay restitution to the insurance firm and the medical practice.

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