Orrington woman pleads guilty to health care fraud

Posted March 14, 2011, at 6:11 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — An Orrington woman arrested last October on a charge of health care fraud waived indictment and pleaded guilty to the crime in U.S. District Court on Monday.

Dawn Grover, 37, also known as Dawn Zehrung, faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and full restitution to the victims of the offense.

According to court documents, Grover worked at Bangor Women’s Health Care from June 2006 to January 2009 and was responsible for billing there by 2008. She allegedly submitted fake bills to public and private insurance companies naming her son as a patient for services he did not receive.

Documents also show that in December 2007 and January 2009 Grover wrote herself “bonus” checks from the medical practice. At the time, it was thought  the payments she received totaled $20,000.

But an independent audit by  Bangor Women’s Health Care revealed that a pattern of billing for more extensive examinations than those actually performed, billing for procedures not performed and altering medical records had resulted in $300,000 in overpayments to the practice, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney David Joyce.

U.S. District Judge John A. Woodcock Jr. accepted Grover’s guilty plea. A date for sentencing was not immediately known.

BDN writer Judy Harrison contributed to this report.

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